Just as with human beings, looking at most of our lives, we would probably see a mix of good and bad, so the same is true of our history. Our ancestors, like ourselves, were also flawed people, prone to error. But they, like us, also had the image of God in them from the moment of creation, so they at least had the spark that was capable of choosing and doing good. True, our sin nature is very strong and would be overwhelming without the action of God in our lives and hearts, so without Him there is the likelihood that most of our actions and thoughts would be sinful. However, even after salvation, we are still a problematic mix of good and bad as God works on our hearts and our character over a lifetime. If you were to think about and look at the lives of people without that understanding of the possibility of God working in their lives, I guess you would have to come up with a pretty bleak picture of the possibilities of human behavior.
But the story certainly does not stop there. I’ve written before that the Bible is not a story of what great people did for God as some might portray it, but rather it is the story of what great things God can do with inherently flawed people, prone to error. In the Master’s hands, we are capable of being so much more than our sin nature would compel us to. In His hands we are capable of moving mountains and affecting lives as we become more like Him every day. This is the great mystery of God’s work in our lives. He is an amazing God, and every life that He touches produces amazing stories. It is these stories of lives transformed that Christian writer Josh McDowell has cited as the greatest evidence of the truth and power of our faith. Without God in our lives, we would be hard pressed to understand this transforming power, and this is why people that are consumed with the thinking of the world cannot understand many of the stories about amazing things people do with God in our lives. The American Revolution was just such an improbable story of a people with great faith, empowered and assisted by God, overcaming gargantuan obstacles to defeat the greatest military power on earth at the time and thereby gain freedom to establish our republic.
I pray that you would experience the transforming power of God in your life and that He would open your eyes to the great possibilities of what you can achieve with His wisdom and power as you walk in His ways of love.