It is a common belief that in order to go to Christ and repent that you need to be perfect. People often believe that unless they have totally turned away from their old sins that they cannot turn to Christ. But that is so far from the truth. He wants us to come as we are; broken or bruised, scarred or confused, He wants us to come to Him as we are because He is the only one who can fix us. If we obsess over the idea that we need to be perfect for God to love us, we would never be able to deserve His love. When you read the Bible, out of all the people who we hear of, there is only one infallible person and that is Jesus Christ. Only one! Shocking right? There were many holy and righteous men and women in the Bible but at one time or another they all fall short of God’s standard. But this truly teaches us something, God doesn’t love us because we are perfect, God loves us in spite of our imperfections. Jesus did not come to save the righteous He came into this world to save the sinners. Jesus died for the sins of those who ridiculed Him, Jesus died for the people who decided to put Him to death instead of a murderer. If we were perfect Jesus would not have needed to come to earth and die for our sins. I am not saying that we should just settle for mediocrity or that human nature is imperfectible but I do believe that we should not beat ourselves up or wait to be perfect until we turn to Christ. If we wait until we are perfect to turn to Him, it will be too late. Without Christ we are nothing so we should be totally dependent on Him to make us whole.
Another thing that I learnt whilst visiting other churches was that there is no such thing as a perfect church. If we keep church hopping until we find this utopian church we will never really be settled. I believe that the perfect church is heaven. However, obsessing over perfection in this life means that we might really miss out on a key part of spiritual development that the church provides. I pray that as daughters of God that we will be able to accept that God loves us just as we are. I pray that we will not settle for mediocrity but at the same time I pray that we will not be obsessed with perfection but be obsessed with God. I pray that we will be able to grow spiritually day by day. In Jesus’ name,