We are not perfect people. This sounds like an obvious statement, “Of course we’re not perfect, no one is” then my response is a simple one; Why do we as Christians think that Jesus will abandon us if we’re not perfect?
This is an attitude I’ve come across a lot as of late, it’s something that I’ve struggled with in the past, “if i don’t ever mess up Jesus will always love me.” Now, in theory, this makes sense, if you don’t fail how do you let anyone down? However, there’s a huge downside to this way of thinking, and that’s when you do end up messing up.
Something I’ve learnt as of late is, a perfectionist is only as strong as their biggest imperfection. That’s not to say don’t put your all in to what you do to honor God, or not to try and do your best, but if you judge yourself by how you’ve failed, then how do you expect to improve? We are a saved people, but not a perfect people. We can be just as selfish as everyone around us, we can be envious of the belongings of others, even though we have the greatest prize that anything could ever offer, the unending love and mercy of God. We will fall, because we are in a fallen world, But we are raised so much higher than quite frankly we have any right to be.
However the thought pattern of some Christians does seem to be that a lot of Christians does seem to be if we struggle we’ve failed Jesus. And from a human perspective, it’s an understandable mindset “Why would the Creator of all things want a relationship with someone as broken and imperfect as me?” And this is the wonder of the grace of God. You don’t need to be perfect, he uses the broken to bring light to the darkness.
Jesus died for an imperfect world, to cleanse us of our sins, and yes we will never be perfect till we’re with him, but Jesus never asks you to be! The twelve disciples of Jesus were not perfect men, James and John were known as “The sons of thunder” on account of their short tempers, Peter denied Jesus three times, and Judas was corrupted by greed and it was this greed that got Jesus taken away by the Romans. These are just a few examples of the disciples of Christ being less than perfect people, and they had Jesus in the flesh!
All Jesus asks us to do as followers of his is to take up our crosses like he took up his and to follow him. He has already defeated sin, and he is still with us to this day. And he knows you’re not perfect, but that doesn’t mean he loves you any less. Because you are still a child of God, and that’s the only title in this world that matters. God sent his only son to die for you and he well knew you wasn’t perfect, but he still made that choice for you so that you may be reunited with him in the glory of heaven. So when you find yourself beginning to worry when you’ve messed up that Jesus will disown you, remember, Jesus never asked you to be perfect, just to be his.
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