Imperfect People loved by a perfect God.
Imperfect people. That’s you and me. As hard as we try to be and make everything perfect, we can’t even get close. Only God is perfect and we can only live our best when He works in and through us.
Perfect God. Lord over all, God who created the heavens and the earth. Omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”Isaiah 9:6
So why do we look to a broken world to fill our brokenness, why do we strive to please a broken world in hope that it will help our brokenness, when the perfect God who is what we need waits patiently for us to run to Him and lead, live, and love through life with Him?
If you think it’s impossible to live content with God at the center and as number one priority, or if you think no one gets what you’re going through, let me present you with the only one who can ever fully get you, empathize with you, know you, love you, and help you live life with purpose.
This picture and the words above were inspired by the passage in Matthew 13:53-58.
“When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there.
Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked.
“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?
Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”
And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”
And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”
I’ve read and heard this passage before but it hit differently as God reminded me that this still happens in the present time.
Truth over Facts
When people know you based on the facts, they may stick to that surface level and forget that there is potential and purpose underneath that surface.
Or maybe you tend to see people based on what you know. Maybe you know this person based on the fact that they were born two years after you yet have proven records where they act totally different from how you know you acted at that age.
Sometimes we don’t take time to have faith in others because we get blinded by the facts.
“Oh, but he did this, I don’t think God can use him…”
“Oh, but she achieved this… I think she’d be too stuck up to serve…”
“But her parents are… so she can’t possibly be that smart…”
Does that seem familiar? Well, that’s what happened in Jesus’ hometown. The people were saying they knew His parents and His siblings, and they knew who He was because they had seen Him grow up in their town.
The people were blinded by the facts they knew about Jesus as a man, that they missed out on seeing the truth of who He was as the Son of God.
They were probably so focused on what Jesus did that they lacked the faith to see what He could do.
Putting myself in the story, I try to imagine the scene. A crowd of people gather in the town square to see Jesus for themselves.
Maybe some who were Jesus’ age remember trying to play with Him as kids only to remember Him being too perfect and such a good boy, it was hard to play the way they were used to.
Maybe some of the elders of the town were having flashbacks of this young boy who would help them and share words of encouragement and appreciation whenever He would help his father do business. Maybe they were thinking of a young boy who would help His mother take care of His younger siblings.
They were probably thinking that He was a good boy but how could He be this man standing and preaching before them? They must have been trying to justify who this Jesus was at the moment by taking a trip down memory lane and bring up the facts.
And Jesus felt that. He knew what they were thinking and ended up not doing many miracles in His hometown. He must have wanted to, going back in the first place. And yet He didn’t force people to believe Him.
Are you delaying, hindering, missing out on miracles and opportunities God had for you because you’re giving Him the facts?
God, I’m not eloquent in speaking. God, I’ve got too much to do. God, I don’t have good grades, etc.
Jesus knows what it’s like to have people not only not believe in you but to discredit, reject, and hate.
But Jesus knew who He was. He knew who His Father was. He knew His purpose.
When you know your identity, you’ll know your purpose and who you are and meant to be. You’ll have a Rock to stand on (Psalm 62:1-2) when you feel like people judge you for the facts and not the truth.
The facts could be you were born in that family, you went through that experience, and you became that person but the truth is, when you accept Jesus into your heart, you receive His gift of salvation and become a child of God.
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—”John 1:12
The facts in your mind may be full of the rejection, pain, betrayal, loss, grief, hopelessness that you’ve felt, but the truth is that no one and nothing can take His love away from you or stop Him from loving you.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Romans 8:37-39
Don’t let the facts blind you from seeing the Truth. Don’t let the facts keep you from experiencing the Truth. Don’t miss it.
And don’t focus on others’ facts that you miss out on the potential and purpose God has planted in them too.
We will never be alone, and we will always be connected to and meeting up with people.
So even if they don’t treat you the way Jesus does, do try to live, love, and lead as Jesus did. He gets you, knows you, loves you, and believes in you.
Do the same.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.”Hebrews 4:15