What is perfect? Merriam Webster gives the following definitions- being entirely without fault or defect; satisfying all requirements; corresponding to an ideal standard or abstract; faithfully reproducing the original.
Perfection is something that our society pushes us to reach for– The perfect image. The perfect home. The perfect marraige with perfect children. The perfect financial portfolio with the perfect retirement building up. Sadly, some churches in America have given into this idea of perfection and have allowed their judgmental attitudes to give off the idea that you have to be perfect before you can come to Jesus. So many people feel as though they can’t follow Christ’s command to believe in Him, repent and be baptized because they don’t have their life all together. Or that there are areas in life that they need to fix before they can come to Jesus.
Ya know what?? That just breaks my heart. And I know it breaks the heart of God. God does not expect people to fix themselves before coming to Him. He wants a heart that believes in Him and the grace He gave through the death of His Son, Jesus.
This week I have been looking to see what God’s Word says about accepting His grace. I want to share with you a portion of Romans 5 (emphasis mine).
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. (verses 1-11)
I don’t believe that God wants us to fix our lives before coming to Him. I most certainly don’t think that God wants His Church to portray a message of perfection to the lost world. I pray that my message to those searching for the Savior is never “go fix yourself” but always come to Jesus just as you are.
I believe the “come to Jesus” message also applies to those who are searching for God’s GREATER call in their life. In Greater, Pastor Furtick says “Nobody does greater things for God because they’ve got it all together. And nobody is disqualified because they don’t.!”
Also Pastor Furtick shared “we miss out on what God wants to do through us because we listen to the voice of the Enemy telling us ‘You’ll never be good enough. And God could never use someone with your weaknesses, hang-ups, secret struggles and dysfunctions.'”
Well I don’t know about you, but I am done listen to the voice of the Enemy. I want to listen only to the voice of my Savior saying “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)