Explore the Bible Lesson for December 16: Family?
November 30 2018 by Casey Short, pastor, Reddicks Grove Baptist Church, Williamston

Focal Passage: Genesis 29:16-30
I have a dear friend named Ray who is never without a truck. In the few years that I’ve known him, I’ve seen him drive several, none of them new.
On top of that, every so often Ray has to fix one.
Only days ago, he took the motor out of his current truck, fixed it and put it back. You see, it brings Ray more joy to tinker with an old forgotten truck than it ever would to drive a brand new one. God finds joy in loving and using the forgotten and imperfect as well.
Scripture is replete with illustrations of God using sinful people to advance His kingdom purposes. The story of Jacob and Laban is a prime example. While there is much to be commended in the passage (for example, the value of hard work), there are many things there that the Bible clearly deems as sinful.
God’s Word never commends deception or polygamy.
Yet, God uses Jacob’s dysfunctional family to bring about what would become the nation of Israel and culminate in the Messiah. Given the Bible’s overall redemptive thrust, this should not surprise us.
If God were to require perfect people to do His will, no one would qualify. After all, Romans 3:10 says, “There is no one righteous; not even one.”
Also consider that every imperfect character of scripture points to the need for one who is perfect.
That perfect figure comes in the person of Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, who “having been made perfect … became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation.” In Christ, God lovingly calls imperfect people into His family to save us and to sanctify us.
Take heart. You may be imperfect, but God has an eternal plan of which He wants you to be a part. Even when you fail, know that God is sovereignly working to take your sin and turn it for His glory.

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