I often find myself thinking about the great men and women of faith we see in the Bible. Their boldness, courage, fearlessness, and tenacity to pursue after what God had laid out for them. I often compare myself to these individuals. Maybe youve done the same.I wish I was that bold and faithfulI tell myself.I wish I trusted God as unabashedly as they did.Its really easy for me to compare myself to those who have done things I yearn to do. Not only within the words of the Bible but also in day-to-day life.
But what I have to constantly remind myself is the fact that these people were not perfect, and what I may perceive as a perfect and flawless life of faith and trust in God isnt actually the case. They were human just like you and I. They made mistakes. They fell short. And they sometimes even chose the wrong. Ive learned that your faith doesnt always have to be perfect to be faith. In fact, it never will be and the Bible tells us that to be true (Ecclesiastes 7:20).
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These are all people who in the Bible did incredible things, had incredible faith, but also had some incrediblydeep imperfections. I say this not to expose their flaws to feel better about my own, but to remind myself that were all flawed and a little messy. There is no such thing as perfect faith, and thats something that should unite Christians around the world instead of divide us. Were all perfectly imperfect, journeying through this thing called faith together, one mistake and one victory at a time. If this wasnt the case then we wouldnt have needed a perfect Savior, Jesus, to die on a cross, and pay the penalty for our personal sins.
So no matter what youve got going on in life. Whether your faith is as strong as its ever been or as empty as its ever felt, know that God is still God and his love for you stays the same. We all go through ups and downs in life. We all have highs and lows as it pertains to our relationship with Jesus. We all make mistakes.
Dont give up because youre feeling down. God hasnt given up on you yet, so neither should you. Try to keep your head up high even through the lows in life. Try to keep your eyes open to Gods goodness even when you feel like all you want to do is close them. Keep your heart surrendered even when you feel like closing it off to the world.
Your faith doesnt have to be perfect to be real faith.