Perfection Not Required

“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.”

“And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” – Luke 18:11, 13

Looking for Perfection?

God doesn’t use perfect people; He uses REAL people. Yet sadly, within the church, there are many men and women who have felt inferior and useless because of sinful and broken pasts.

They are the people who sit on the pews, week after week, doing all they can to be faithful in life, but are forbidden to hold positions in the church.  

They are much like the Publican, men and women who know they have failed before, but want to be forgiven and start new.  They are not the ones that look down on others for mistakes they’ve made. 

Genesis of Dysfunction

A while back I read through the book of Genesis in a couple of sittings.  Reading a book of the Bible that way, especially in a different translation, can help you see the story from a new perspective.  This time I was just astounded at how messed up these people really were!  There was so much “stuff” going on that if it were today, it would make an episode of Jerry Springer look tame!

Consider, if nothing else, the sad story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel. This was a seriously messed up family with real marital problems.  At one point, Leah and Rachel get into a jealous argument over a son’s mandrakes.  Just imagine you were a marriage counselor and listened in to the following story…

Reuben went out during the wheat harvest and found some mandrakes in the field.  When he brought them to his mother, Leah, Rachel asked, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”  But Leah replied to her, Isn’t it enough that you have taken my husband?  Now you also want my son’s mandrakes?”

“Well,” Rachel said, “you can sleep with him tonight in exchange for your son’s mandrakes.”  When Jacob came in from the field that evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must come with me, for I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.”  So Jacob slept with her that night. – Geneses 30:14:16 HCSB

Check this out…

  • Twice Abraham told other people that his wife, Sarah, was his sister so that he would not be harmed.
  • Joseph’s brothers hated him and sold him to traveling salesmen.
  • Jacob and Esau were seriously at odds.
  • Leah, poor thing, kept trying to have children so that her husband, Jacob would love her.

And there’s more!

  • Jacob’s father-in-law, Laban, got him drunk on his wedding night and gave him the wrong wife – on purpose.
  • The son’s of Jacob (founders of ten of the tribes of Israel) lied to a bunch of men about making a covenant, then proceeded to slaughter all of them after they had convinced them to be circumcised.

It just goes on and on.  Messed up, I am telling you! MESSED UP!


God told Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3: “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”  How is this even possible?  

If God can use Abraham and his family with all their problems to bless the nations, then He can use ANYBODY!



Filed under Abortion, abuse, Christian Living, Do not judge, Faith, General Observations, legalism, Relationships and Family, Struggles and Trials, World View

7 responses to “Perfection Not Required

  1. Ken

    I can personally attest that churches today look down on many who have messed up. They isolate and distant themselves from those individuals. It’s not scriptural to do so.
    That’s the reason I don’t attend any churches today. The question demands an answer from those who do those things… ” Where does forgiveness begin and where does it end?” It starts & ends with God!

    I’m one of those who was shunned; messed up, went to prison…after I got saved many years later. In the end I was basically asked not to come back to fellowship with the flock. That really hurt too. I have pretty much gotten over it, but the sting lingers. I find myself from time to time forgiving what happened & those…
    All I know to do is to look forward and try to not look back. So, now my church attendance is here where you and others are…and minister on the streets of those who m need God. SHALOM brother 👈😊😇

    • I’m sorry you experienced that. But even if you don’t go regularly, I highly recommend that you find a way to have real, face-to-face contact with others in some form of corporate worship. I’ll be keeping it prayer.

      • Ken

        Appreciate that & yes do that brother. Acts 2v42 is our Spiritual diet. I know it’s important to fellowship “face-to-face”.

  2. hawk2017

    Amen and learned something.:))

  3. Our Pastors are just completing a series on Genesis, I believe we are in our eighth week. This has pointed out to many that God will work in and through imperfect people.
    There are various ways for the congregation to be involved, digging deeper in the Word, to understand and apply.
    At the beginning of the series, booklets are available for all who desire. This time, there were prayers written in the booklet by church leadership for a couple days each week, and points for the other days listed, for participants to write prayers according to what they see and what the Spirit of God is showing them.
    Another way of participating for some is on Facebook. Five days each week, the chapters preached on are shared on the church site. All interested can read, and make comments of the thoughts which are gotten from them. As well, others are able to “like” one another’s, or put additional comments.

    In some studies, the option is also available to scribe the entire book of study, although the 50 chapters in Genesis may have been a bit much.

    More can be learned from every reading for sure.
    God Bless you Pastor Anthony!

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