I have a confession to make, something I need to get off my chest. It's something that's hard to admit sometimes but comes with a great sense of relief to say it - I AM NOT PERFECT.
There, I said it. For those who know me well, this revelation comes as no surprise, I'm sure. I am not the perfect wife, or perfect mother, or perfect friend and definitely not the perfect Christ follower. And as much as I may hate to admit it, this I do know - it's entirely because of my imperfection that I so desperately need God. And so do you. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Note is says – all. Not some or most, but all. I’ve heard it said recently that ‘it’s all level ground at the foot of the cross’.
We are all equally sinful in the eyes of God. But there is good news! Despite our imperfection, God chooses to shower us with his love and blessings, he chooses to reach out to us and pursue a relationship with us, he chooses to save us. His love for us, His creation, is so big that he gave up His only son to die in our place (John 3:16) so that we may be made righteous. Paul says in Ephe-sians 2:8,9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Once we come to understand that salvation is a gift of God, surely we cannot help but be humbled and fall in thankfulness at the foot of the Cross.
One day, in heaven, we will be made perfect with God. But meanwhile, here in our everyday life, the challenge is to live in a way that brings glory, and points others to God, in all we do.
So, while you and I may never be the perfect wife, or mother, or friend or Christ follower, we can rejoice knowing that our Father in heaven has cleansed us and claimed us as His own. Thank you God!