Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ.
A Word of Hope
By the virtue of being joined to Jesus through our faith, we are perfect in the eyes of God. We are free trying to earn Gods approval by being flawless. God wants us to live in the freedom of knowing that our past, present, and future perfection issues are completely covered. God is looking for love and faith, knowing full well both will be imperfect, no matter how hard we try.
This lightens my heart a lot! I have made numerous mistakes only to recognize later I could have reacted more clearly and sensitively. Sincerely forgiving myself, and others for being less than perfect, is easing the burden of my own life journey.
Biblical accounts of faith heroes expose imperfection; like King David’s affair with Bathsheba and then having her husband killed. Peter spent a lot of time in jail and the woman at the well was not so virtuous either. God used these people to further the works of faith and set the stage for imperfection, forgiveness and transformation.
Authentic personal faith is designed to fill every channel of our being. In Christ, we are free to follow Jesus imperfectly. God wants us to focus on living out faith through authentic acts of love, without trying to be perfect. In order to believe there is an essence of God in every human, we must first believe in humanity and a life which may be transfigured into the Glory of Christ.
Lenten season is a great time to reflect and remember that Jesus’ sacrifice for all humankind, frees us from being slaves to perfection! Our faith, not our perfect works, is the promise of everlasting life. Faith is connection to the living vine of which Christ is the root.
Creator God, as I unravel my imperfections, may each one uncovered, bring me one thread closer to living deeper into my faith journey. Amen