My brother and I decided there was always more fun to be had. We saw a TV show which had a zip line and we decided we needed to have one at our house. We tied a rope between two trees. The cherry tree was much smaller so we had it closer to the ground. The old elm was very big and majestic so we climbed as high as we safely could and tied the rope there. It was great fun sliding down. Over time the rope began to stretch and we discovered it needed tightened. So I climbed up and tightened the rope. However, I forgot to tie the rope.
My brother rode down about halfway before the rope came loose and he fell out of the sky. He landed right on the sidewalk below cutting his arm. My mom about had a heart attack when she discovered the contraption and confiscated all involved items. I’m not sure if she was madder at us when we did the zip line or the time we brought the skunk home and put it in the living room. She got pretty upset over that one too. I told you this to illustrate that I wasn’t a perfect kid.
The apostle Paul though he authored a large part of the New Testament, was by far not a perfect individual. His life’s mission was to persecute Christians including breaking in homes and dragging them out to put them in prison Acts 8:3. Paul was such a severely hardened man that Jesus himself appeared to Paul in such a bright light, he was blinded. Those with him freaked out and heard the voice of Jesus as described in Acts 9:1-19. God completely transformed Paul to such an extent he went on to author Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon. Paul described himself as the Chief of all sinners in 1 Timothy 1:15. Paul wasn’t perfect, but he was just what God was looking for.
Moses had a miraculous childhood and upbringing. In Exodus 2:11-15 Moses committed murder. He was furious at how his people were treated and he lost control. Then he covered it up. However there were witnesses who exposed him. Moses fled to the desert to get on with his life. Yet God appeared to Moses in such a supernatural stated and convinced him to lead the nation of Israel out of captivity. Moses wasn’t perfect and that’s exactly what God was looking for.
Noah who led an obedient life during the time of the ark building lost immense focus later in life. He overindulged in wine as described in Genesis 9:20-27. His son Ham was so annoyed he covered his dad so Noah would realize his secret was out, but he didn’t defile him. Instead of admitting wrong, Noah cursed his grandchildren, the heirs of Ham. Noah wasn’t perfect.
David was a man who was miraculously elevated through the hand of God. He was a man after Gods own heart as stated 1 Samuel 13:14. Yet David was tempted as described in 2 Samuel 11 when he saw Bathsheba bathing. He fell into lust and further acted upon it. He used his influence and fathered a child with her when he should have been focusing on a battle. Better yet to cover his mistake he had Bathsheba’s husband, a noble man killed. This David is the same person who wrote 73 chapters in the book of Psalms. He wasn’t perfect, yet he was a perfect vessel for God.
It is clear we aren’t perfect, yet to Christ we are perfect in so many incomprehensible facets. 2 Timothy 3:16 describes all scripture as God breathed. If the bible was God breathed and inspired by the hand of God, why were sinners writing it? Especially some of the worst sinners appeared to have authored most of the bible in contrast with the Minor Prophets. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 explains God’s grace for us and expounds by stating in our weakness his strength is made perfect.
God meets us where we are. Through our trials and tribulations he uses us. We are all different and bring different things to the table for various works which is why we are perfect for the very tasks he has called us to. Look at the various tasks and realize God chose you to act and because of this, you are perfect for the job:
In Jeremiah 1:5 the bible explains God knew you before you were born and set you apart. This was the beginning of you purpose. You are perfect for the job. Luke 12:7 states, HE knows the number of hairs on your head. God is focused directly on you and your life. He is paying attention. Psalm 139:14 states you are fearfully and wonderfully made and God is proud of his handiwork. We are all different don’t worry about your height, weight, eye, and hair color. God made you perfect in his image. Your voice, talents and gifts are a supernatural gift from God.
You are a sacred child of God who is called by God. You have a specific purpose with various tasks along the way. You have a God ordained calling, a destiny, a purpose. As it says in Philippians 1:6 He who has begun a work in you shall complete it until the day of Jesus Christ and I pray you allow Christ to reveal this work to you because…. You… are …Perfect!!!
Philip Lukens is the senior pastor of the Carr Community Church. To receive updates please enter your e-mail address below and click subscribe.
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