The phrase “perfect imperfection” is an oxymoron. An oxymoron is phrase that is made up of a combination of words that have opposite meanings or that contradict each other. For example the phrase “cruel kindness” is an oxymoron.
Now, if I say that you are perfectly imperfect, what I mean is that I am aware of your flaws but I choose to see beyond the flaws – in fact, I see the flaws as an asset that you have or as something that makes you perfect. And this is how God sees every soul he created. He knows your flaws, your weaknesses, your struggles, yet He loves you just the way you are. He is a sculptor, who does not deal with finished works of art, but delights to release beauty from imperfection. God delights in sculpting perfection out of imperfection. This is what gives Him great satisfaction. He sees our flaws, yet He goes to work with an end in mind….For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” – Jer 29:11.
God does not choose the perfect to accomplish His purpose. Indeed it appears he delights in picking the imperfect. People who; have a handicap or struggles; have issues in their lives needing attention; are unprepared…..today, I will like to speak to a few struggles common with us as men, with the hope that you are encouraged to pursue with limitation, your God given purpose.
1) Your past is weighing you down, you believe you have to get your act in order, before God can use you. If this is your struggle, I point you to Paul. Paul was accosted on the road to Damascus. He did not have an opportunity to confess his sins, before a commission was laid on him – Acts 9 1-6. Paul recognized his struggles and cried that the Lord should away his imperfection, but God offered GRACE – 2Cor 12:7-10. Your past can only influence your future, as much as you allow it. Lean on His grace and rise above limitations from your past!
2) Your current standing with God is questionable and you feel unqualified. I point you to Peter. Peter was chosen, even when God knew Peter will deny him – Matt 16:18. Peter never had a chance to make things right with Jesus, yet Jesus still came after him. When Jesus rose from the grave, the angel told Mary, go tell his disciples and Peter (Mk 16:7)….in this act, God was simply saying to Peter, I am giving you a fresh start. Receive your fresh start by faith!
3) You feel you are a societal misfit, and therefore you cannot be used by God. I’ll point you to the woman by the well. Jesus stopped by at Samaria, just to release the woman, even with all her imperfections, into her ministry. Even though the woman came to him full of confidence in what she believed she had (her water pot, when He had none). Jesus provided the grace and wisdom to unleash her. Like the woman, don’t continue leaning on what you have and/or traditions handed by the fathers, instead receive His GRACE and what it can do – Jn 4:11-12. And let go of your “water pot” – whatever you have hitherto reposed confidence in and receive His GRACE, so freely given – Jn 4:28
4) You feel you have messed up, too badly to still be useful. I point you to Aaron. God still allowed Aaron offer sacrifices in the inner court, on behalf of the people, even after he made the golden calf. It’s amazing what the grace of God can do. Grace is what covers imperfect men like me, and gives us the privilege, just like Aaron, to stand before him, in service.
Stop sitting on the sidelines of life, regardless of your perceived imperfections. Grace is available. You were created for exploits. Tap into GRACE and do what you were created to do!
As I conclude, I’d like you to know that; there is nothing you have done or will do that’s a surprise to God. What God wants is not perfect performance, but a heart willing to turn to Him in surrender……. The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…..– 2Chron 16:9a. Grace demands commitment, not performance!
God does not need supermen! Superman became irrelevant, the moment Christ died of the cross. Accept GRACE and Stop trying to be Superman!