The only one who thinks you need to be perfect, is you.
Do you ever find yourself putting on a happy face before you enter the workplace, even when you are going through a trial? Do you find yourself spending inordinate amounts of time trying to do every task flawlessly? Do you inwardly (or outwardly) boast about your abilities to do things well, while denying or diminishing your weaknesses and faults.
Being genuine is far more important than being perfect. There was only one Person who walked this earth who was perfect. His name was Jesus. And you’re not Him, and neither am I.
It is out of desire to please God that we strive to live a blameless life. That’s an honorable desire, and there is a progression and growth that should take place in our walk of faith. It’s a healthy thing to not want to blow it big time. Keeps us on our toes, keeps us sharp and careful in our work, but there is a real danger in wanting to -or trying to -come across as flawless.
After all, what is at the root of the pursuit for perfection? Isn’t fear? Afraid we are going to make a mistake or disappoint others. Afraid that others will find out who we really are. Yet, if we could attain perfection here on earth, then Jesus came for no reason.
If we could somehow earn God’s favor by the way we live, then heaven will be full of people bragging about all they did to get there. (Doesn’t sound like heaven to me.)
Some believers think they need to live an ultra holy-roller life in order to draw people to God. I have yet to meet one person whose has been drawn to my Savior through my flawless life. Why? because I don’t live a flawless life. I am nothing more than a perfect mess! And that’s okay. In fact, it’s the way it should be.
God understands our struggles. He understands our desire to please Him. But he can do more through us when we are weak than when we are striving to be perfect.
“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” ( 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT)
When we choose genuine reality and humility about our shortcomings, God can be powerful through us.
God uses us in spite of us.
We are imperfect. We are flawed. We are sinners saved by grace-nothing more. God can and will use us in spite of our flaws and messes.
Instead of trying to be:
- The office know-it-all,
- The boss’s pet,
- The one who never messes up,
Let’s be real. A real, perfect, mess.
Instead of comparing ourselves to others and playing games of “I can do it better”. Let’s be humble and see ourselves through God’s eyes. A real, perfect, mess.
Evangelism is nothing more that one beggar showing another beggar where to find the bread.
Isn’t that how we were drawn to God in our own lives? Someone sharing with us how God took their totally messed up life and turned it around. Someone who was real, not perfect. Someone who was a mess, but perfectly forgiven.
Being genuine will open more doors to share God than being perfect will.
There is power in being genuine. Power in weakness. Power in your perfect mess.
Be real and genuine this week, and watch God use your perfect mess for His glory.