The Perfectness of the Imperfect
The Apostles – their names strike a chord of reverence and awe with those of us who love the Lord. We think of what it would have been like to walk in the time of Christ. To see Him perform miracles, to hear Him actually speak the Sermon on the Mount, to pray with Him in the Garden, or just to plain be in His presence. We think, oh who must these men have been to be hand-picked by God to accompany His Son on this journey? The answer to this question is simple – sinful, imperfect and selfish men. Yes, these men who walked with Christ are the same sinners we see in the mirror everyday. This should give us nothing but incredible hope and joy, because what Christ is able to show us through this is that He is full of grace, mercy and forgiveness.
I have blogged recently about being ashamed of our pasts and having to get over this in order to be an example of Christ. I used Paul as my primary example. But Christ, in His love for us, chose men who would not only help to lead us out of sin, but through this sinful life as well.
All throughout the New Testament we can see the sins of God’s Chosen: doubting Thomas, Peter’s denial, the selfishness of all the Apostles (wanting only miracles to be done by themselves), asking who is the greatest among them, falling asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane, anger, selfishness, arrogance, doubting. But what do we see as Christ’s reaction to these? We see grace, mercy, love and understanding as well as, the much-needed conviction and teaching. He used every moment of sin as a moment of reproval, not just for the Apostles sanctification, but for ours as well. These stories are included in the Scriptures to not only give us knowledge but to show us that it is the lowly that God seeks, and the lowly that He lifts high. It is proof that we CAN do ALL things through Christ who not only strengthens but reproves and edifies.
How would it have been if the Apostles were near perfect? We wouldn’t have believed it first off because no one even comes close to perfect. But we too would have been put off by something completely unattainable because we wouldn’t have felt worthy. We already don’t feel worthy, and that is why seeing the sins of the Apostles gives us such great hope. That even in our imperfectness we are a tool for the Lord. Even in our failures God is molding us to be like Christ. How great a hope!
God has provided us the perfect examples in the Apostle’s imperfectness. There are innumerable reasons these men were picked. We should take hope not only in the fact that we can be useful, forgiven, and loved by God, but also that His ways are the perfect ways. That even if we can’t see why He has chosen what He has for us that whatever it may be is perfect for us! We can take these examples and say He worked it for their good and His glory and He will do the same for us. Imperfect as we are and all! AMEN!
2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly complete for every good work.”
2 Timothy 4:8 Paul, at the end of his life, “Finally, there is laid up for me, the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…”
So if you are feeling depressed, burdened, kicked down, burnt out, unworthy, unloved, or doubting – spend some time with the Apostles. Read thru the Gospels and really get to know these men. You will come away with such great hope and joy at seeing Christ’s relationship with them and realizing He feels the same way about you! If God is for us – nothing/no-one can be against us!