June 15, 2021 Pastor’s Blog

2 Chronicles 7:14 gives us this word from God, “if my people who belong to me will humbly pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land” (CEB). In the last several weeks I have been spending a lot of time reflecting and praying on how I, and all of us, can follow Jesus and better model righteous living for others through our struggles.  So often we think that we need to be better or more certain or stronger in at least one way in our faith lives. I would argue that these are unrealistic standards we put upon ourselves in the vein pursuit of perfection. And they’re just easy ways to let ourselves off the hook on a lot of things so we can stay where we are comfortable.  

If we tell ourselves that there is a more competent or more equipped person out there that would be better at whatever task God has set before us, then we are not saying no to the Lord. Suddenly, we can convince ourselves that we are doing God and everyone a favor so the “best” person can take care of things. What would happen if we set the idol of perfection aside? Things might get a little uncomfortable now that we don’t have any more excuses or reasons to try and play like a get out of jail free card. As God so often does, He meets us amid our stepping out in faith to give us what we need to thrive. 1 Chronicles 16:11 reinforces this by telling us to, “Pursue the Lord and his strength; seek his face always” (CEB).  

Once we put aside perfection, we can humbly pray and seek the face of God amid our right now. This is rarely an easy or orderly pursuit, but therein lies the beauty and mysterious ways that God shines and works. Jesus didn’t come to seek and be with the perfect or all together, He came to heal and be with the sick, broken, and lost. That hasn’t changed! To this day, God continues to seek out and work in and through the broken, the lost, and the messes that we can so often be. Not only does that show us the power of God’s love, it also enables the people around us to see the reality and power of the Holy Spirit at work in a person’s life.  

God knows we are not always going to get it right, and God knows what the world can through at us. Our call from God isn’t to be perfect, it’s to live by the truth that He is the only perfect thing in our life. 1 Chronicles 22:19 starts off by commanding us to, “dedicate yourselves to seeking the Lord your God” (CEB). A person truly seeking out God in their life and desperate for the Holy Spirit to turn their life around is one of the most powerful testimonies and tools for the Kingdom of God. Us searching for God is a declaration of how much God matters to us, how desperate we are for Him, and carries more weight than we may think. In the name of Jesus Christ, don’t wait to put your best foot forward, put your foot forward right now and let God redeem and use your journey for the many.  

 

Blessings on the Journey, 

Pastor Brad