Nothing Can Prevent God from Using You

God hand selects Perez – the illegitimate son from an illicit affair between a father-in-law and daughter-in-law dressed up as a harlot – to be a part of His plan to redeem the world.

God deliberately gets His hands dirty by molding Judah’s mess into a conduit of grace, because God is in the business of working through our messes.  Grace does not mean that God encourages sin or discourages righteousness.  Not at all (Romans 6:1-2).  Nor does it mean that God saves people apart from faith in Christ.  But it does mean that no mess, no failure, no broken marriage, no affair, no night with a prostitute can prevent God from using you – an image bearing masterpiece, frail and flawed, forever loved.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 62

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God Is Not Like You and Me

God is not like you and me.  God is transcendent.  And His love is fundamentally different from ours.  Even though our love is fueled by conditions – I’ll love you as long as you make me laugh and don’t gain weight – God’s love flows from his transcendent and intimate character.  He love you because of who He is and because of what He has done, not because of what you do or don’t do.

God loves Abraham because of God. God loves you because of God.  Just like Abraham slept through the covenant ceremony, you were not present at Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.  The grace that is launched in Genesis 15 ultimately touches down on Calvary.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 58