I am not perfect.
And neither are you.
Now take a deep breath because it is OK.
It is OK for us not to be perfect and most of all it is a wonderful gift to know that perfection is NOT a requirement of our servant status. Obedience, not perfection, is the requirement. And while we might all find it challenging to obey the Lord in every situation and circumstance of the private and public witness of our lives, it is possible. But perfection , on the other hand, is IM-possible.
Honestly, I think that these few statements probably freed at least 100 of you that read this blog! We put so much pressure on ourselves and allow others to put this demand of perfection on us that the Lord has not even required. If it was up to "them" we would be unqualified for participation in the work of building God's Kingdom here on earth. And while those imposing such high standards often tend to ignore their own downfalls, shortcomings, mistakes, or mishaps, the expectation of perfection that they have of others is nothing short of ridiculous, full of judgment, and so far beyond even what the good Lord has required.
Obedience, not perfection, is the requirement. And while we must strive for perfection, meaning that everyday our lives should be conforming to the likeness of Jesus Christ, the ONLY perfect person who walked this earth, we will never attain our highest and our best selves until Jesus returns. "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." [1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV] My goodness, we might not even know what perfection is until that great day! So, why in the world do we think we can impose it, expect it, or live it before that glorious time?
Obedience, not perfection, is the requirement.
I think this is why I am blessed by our verse for today. I have read this verse a countless number of times throughout my over thirty years on earth and it blessed me in a different way on this week. Here it is:
Woe is me for I am ruined
because I am a man of unclean lips
and live among a people of unclean lips,
and because my eyes have seen the King,
the Lord of Hosts.
This verse blessed me in a different kind of way because, I was reminded that in spite of my IM-perfections, God called me and continues to call me to participate in the building of the Kingdom of God on this earth. Woe is me for I am not perfect! I am a woman who does fall short of the glory of God and who needs forgiveness everyday. AND I am friends and kin to people who are also ruined yet striving to know Christ even as we are also known by Him. YET, by the amazing grace of God, I know I am messed up but I can still see the King! Isn't that a blessing?
Isaiah testifies that he is not perfect. He lives among people who are not perfect. They/We are all messed up but when King Uzziah died, he was able to see the Lord! Everything was NOT right. Everything was NOT all good. Everything was NOT full of peace and bliss. BUT Isaiah was still able to see the Lord, high and lifted up!
Friends, obedience, not perfection, is the requirement. Get in the place where YOU can see the Lord. Stop beating yourself up because you do not have it all together. None of us will have it all together until Jesus comes back. And while we are waiting upon His glorious return, open your eyes to see how the Lord wants to use your messed up self to be a blessing to others and a builder of God's Kingdom. You will never be perfect. Get over that! BUT you can be obedient!
GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!
Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!
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