My friend “facebooked” me ( is facebooked even a word????) this poem at just the right time. Don’t you love it when God does that? He’s never early and He’s never late…..unlike me, I’m never early and always late…hehe.
I was preparing to speak at a women’s weekend retreat entitled ” Not Perfect-Forgiven” , when I saw this post.
” When I say ” I am a Christian” I’m not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I’m worth it. ”
This article describes what we feel but are often afraid to say to the world. So many times as Christians we believe we need to be perfect for the world to see Christ exalted. I think in our attempt to do right so that we live a life worth of the Gospel, we are somehow communicating to the world that we think we are right and have all the answers. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” and out of our freedom we strive to do the right things. Christians really want to stand for truth and not water down the Gospel, but at the same time we must never forget it was our desperate need of the love of God that drew us and His saving power that keeps us today . We’re not perfect….. we’re forgiven.
Sooo here’s the real truth of the situation. Before Christ…..I was so lost and self-destructive, sad and empty all the while looking happy and successful….When Christ came into my life I was changed for the better, but even today I am sooooo NOT PERFECT. If it weren’t for the Lord, I don’t know where I’d be. That’s my message I’m happy to say, I’m a “not-perfect-forgiven” kind of girl .
17-18 Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? (No great surprise, right?) And are you ready to make the accusation that since people like me, who go through Christ in order to get things right with God, aren’t perfectly virtuous, Christ must therefore be an accessory to sin? The accusation is frivolous. If I was “trying to be good,” I would be rebuilding the same old barn that I tore down. I would be acting as a charlatan.
19-21 What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.