I think often of the irony of the cross as the symbol of Christianity. There is nothing beautiful, inspirational, or remarkable about it; its literally just two planks of word nailed together in the shape of a T. Hardly something that conveys hope and joy. Quite the contrary, in fact, it conveyed horror and terror as the epitome of Roman cruelty against the peoples under their rule. The atrocities committed upon these unassuming planks are enough to turn the stomach of even the most hardened of men and women, to the point that it was something considered impolite to even speak of in Roman society.
And yet this was the platform from which God chose to declare His love to the world. It was upon this instrument of death that God stood to boldly proclaim that we are still His, and that He was willing even to die to insure it. He took this despicable thing and converted it into a shining beacon of hope revealing His greatness and more importantly His goodness to the very ends of the earth. Because there is nothing too twisted, or too horrible, or too far from Him to be redeemed.
If God is able to take the crucifixion in all its monstrosity and turn it into the very instrument of our salvation, what wonders must He be able to work through us? We all know we are flawed, having been corrupted by the curse of sin. Broken, even, and estranged from our Father in heaven.
But God calls us to Himself and invites us to be a part of His work in redeeming His creation. He says He will take our burdens upon Himself, just as He did our sins. He tells us His strength is made perfect in our weakness and that through us His name will be made great. He sees what sin and the devil would make instruments of wickedness and knows He can use them as instruments of righteousness, of mercy, and of love. The cross shows us brilliantly and undeniably the ability and desire of God to use crooked sticks to make straight lines. In all our imperfection we still have immeasurable potential to be used by our unimaginably creative God to bring good to His world if we would only lay ourselves into His waiting hands.
The God who brought boundless good through the abominable cross will surely bring even more good through you.