Ever wish you were perfect?
Or worse – maybe you think you already are perfect. If that’s true, I’ve got some awkward news to share with you. You, just like everyone else, are certainly not perfect. There – I’ve said it.
I know that I’m not perfect, either. There are lots of times I get frustrated over mistakes that I make. I would love to be able to lead worship and feel like I never hit a wrong note or never went to the chorus when I was supposed to go to the bridge, but honestly, that doesn’t happen. As much as I desire to be perfect when serving the Lord, I don’t usually get there. We can sometimes place a lot of pressure on ourselves because of the seriousness of what we are trying to do.
There’s a beautiful story in the book of Isaiah that talks about a vineyard owner (God) who does everything he can for His vineyard only to have it yield wild grapes:
Let me sing for my beloved
my love song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
He dug it and cleared it of stones,
and planted it with choice vines;
he built a watchtower in the midst of it,
and hewed out a wine vat in it;
and he looked for it to yield grapes,
but it yielded wild grapes.
And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem
and men of Judah,
judge between me and my vineyard.
What more was there to do for my vineyard,
that I have not done in it?
When I looked for it to yield grapes,
why did it yield wild grapes? [Isaiah 5:1-4]
God shows how He worked and prepared everything for His chosen people and yet they turned against Him. “What else could I have done?” He asks. Three things come to mind when I consider this:
- God certainly could have made us all perfect if He wanted. We would never make mistakes and everything would get done in the perfect way. But we would all be no better than robots – God brings glory to Himself by loving us in the midst of our mistakes.
- Which leads to the truth that God loves me in spite of my mistakes. In fact, the Bible says that He “remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:14) Once I have turned from my sin and believed in Christ for my salvation, I don’t suddenly become a perfect person. But God gives me grace in my imperfections and errors. And since God is patient and graceful with me…
- I must be patient with and give grace to everyone else. How often do other people’s mistakes tend to make me forget all about mine? I get frustrated or irritated when someone else makes a mistake but think my errors should be minimized. God wants me to show patience, kindness, and grace to those around me.
Ultimately, God is not pleased the most when a task is completed perfectly. He is most pleased when we love each other and forgive each other’s mistakes and imperfections.
After all, nobody’s perfect…except God.