God Can Use Us in Spite of Our Imperfections

by | Feb 3, 2021 | Life of Jesus | 2 comments


This is the first article in a new blog series that will focus on events in the life of Jesus Christ. The events will be presented in chronological order, drawing upon various scriptural accounts that describe each event.

As with other series, each blog article will share a little information about the event itself and will also include some type of life application that we can use in our service to God today.

God’s plan to send His Son into the world extends back to the creation of man. The unfolding of this plan is illustrated in the genealogy that is included in Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38. The Matthew version begins at Abraham and proceeds through 42 generations to the birth of Jesus. The Luke version begins at Jesus and works backward, saying this one was the son of that one, and that one was the son of this other one, and so forth — all the way back to Adam, who it lists as the son of God. (So, the Son of God descends from the son of God!)

When looking over the genealogy, one name that pops out for me is Judah (spelled “Judas” in Matthew 1:3 and “Juda” in Luke 3:33). Regardless of how his name is spelled, Judah is one of the twelve sons of Jacob and therefore represents one of the twelve tribes of Israel, specifically the Jewish nation as we know it today. However, before we get too carried away with Judah’s importance, perhaps we should note two events in his life:

  • In Genesis 37, Judah concocts a plan to sell his brother Joseph into slavery for 20 pieces of silver (Genesis 37:26-28).
  • In Genesis 38, after Judah’s wife has died, he has sex with a woman who he thinks is a prostitute. However, it is actually his former daughter-in-law, and he impregnates her with twin sons (Genesis 38:15-30).

We can all agree that neither of the above actions would be pleasing to God. However, what happens later?

  • After Joseph goes to Egypt, he eventually comes out of slavery (and out of prison) to be used by God to save Egypt and the surrounding areas (including where his family lives) from a deadly famine.
  • Pharez, one of the twin sons born to Judah’s daughter-in-law, is used by God to continue the lineage that leads to Jesus Christ! If you look at the genealogy of Christ, there’s his name (spelled “Phares”), appearing alongside the other names in Matthew 1:3 and Luke 3:33.

Each of the above sinful actions resulted in great things happening. Obviously, God didn’t cause or want these sinful actions to occur. Just because the results were good, it didn’t make the actions any less sinful. But it is amazing how God can take a bad situation and have something good come out of it.

When Joseph was later recalling how his brothers sold him into slavery, he told them, “Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive” (Genesis 50:20). Joseph was letting them know that their actions were indeed evil, but he was willing to let it go only because God used their evil actions to bring about a good outcome.

What can we learn from this?

Obviously, the lesson is not to lead a sinful life and just leave it up to God to accomplish good things from our sinful actions — as servants of God, we always need to do our best to live righteously. However, it’s good to know that we don’t have to be perfect to be used by God — He can use us in spite of our imperfections. And it’s good to know that God’s divine plans will be accomplished, regardless of how much evil is in the world. If necessary, God will even use the evil actions of those who oppose Him to bring about His desired outcome.

Can God use you and me to accomplish His great work today? Or are we too flawed?

Well, if God can use hateful men willing to kill their own brother to help save a nation, and if God can use a seductive woman to help continue the lineage that would bring forth His Son, I’m pretty sure He is capable of using us to accomplish His plans today, regardless of our perceived shortcomings.

You see, it’s not really about us — it’s about the power of God working through us. And that’s available to all servants of God, no matter how imperfect we may be.

This Series Continues on Feb.17

Next week, the Gospel Blog will not publish any new articles due to the church website redesign. Catch the next post in Brother Jerry’s series two weeks from today. 

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.


  1. Anonymous

    It should be noted that the genealogy listed in Matthew is that of Jesus’ step-father Joseph, but the genealogy listed in Luke is that of Jesus’ mother Mary–a very important distinction.

  2. Anonymous

    … or in other words, Jesus’ step-father, Joseph, was the son of a man named Jacob, and also the SON-IN-LAW of a man named Heli. Thus Mary the mother of Jesus was the daughter of Heli.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Further Reading

Things Can Change Quickly and Dramatically

On the plates of Mormon, there is one short book with the title of "The Book of Nephi who is the son of Nephi — one of the disciples of Jesus Christ" (imagine trying to reference any verses by that name — or even remember it). In the 1830 edition of The Book of...

Read More

Life of Jesus Series (through year-end 2023)

As we are arriving at the end of 2023, and the Gospel Blog writing and audio teams are about to take a few weeks off, it’s a good time to look at where we are in the “Life of Jesus” series.  In case you weren’t with us at the beginning of the series (about...

Read More

Never Miss a New Article

Subscribe to Our Email List
Sign up and get every new blog post sent straight to your inbox so you always have the day’s devotional at your fingertips.

We never share your email address with anyone for any reason, and we use it only to send you Gospel Blog emails. Just articles, not ads!

Your Story for God’s Glory

Share Your Testimony on Miracle Monday

We devote Miracle Monday to sharing miracle stories. From finding a lost wedding ring to healing cancer on the spot, Jesus Christ has done it all, big and small.

And we want to hear about what He’s done for you.

The Gospel Blog Is Open for Submissions

We encourage devotional-style or scripture-based articles in the ballpark of 500 words. We are open to any topic that glorifies God and unites the Church.