No, You Don’t Need to Be Perfect

Has God ever called you to something you didn’t feel equipped to do?

Back in 2015, after attending the Galilee Program in southern Louisiana, I felt burdened to disciple other believers and encourage them in their walks with the Lord.

But around that same time, I began wrestling with doubts and hard questions that left me confused and discouraged in my faith (some of which I’ve shared in previous blog posts, like this one and this one).

Ultimately I decided to hold off on any meaningful discipleship efforts and spend time doing foundation work / damage control on my faith.

I regret that.
I don’t think it was the right decision.

Because the more I’ve talked to people and gotten involved at church, I realize a startling truth: behind the smiling faces, behind the polite greetings, behind the weekly routines…many people are hurting. Struggling. Despairing.

They don’t need you to be perfect. Or to have some eloquent answer for every question.

They need you to care.
To listen.
To love.

If I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. | 1 Corinthians 13:2

I thought I needed to be 100% certain about my beliefs before I could help others in their spiritual walks.

That’s simply not true.

Doubts, questions, hard times—
friends, they’re part of the equation.

It’s baggage we all have to live with.

So don’t put undue expectations on yourself and think you have to totally figure out life before you can do meaningful work for the kingdom.

Think about Rahab, Solomon, Peter—imperfect people, clearly. Yet God still used them in powerful ways and pointed to them as inspirational examples for us.

All these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. | Hebrews 11:39-40

Let’s choose to be numbered among those who sincerely, honestly, imperfectly follow Christ, extending his love to those around us.

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