I have noticed that a lot of people that don’t follow the Christian faith have this view of Christians as people who think they are perfect and better than everyone else. There is a reason non-Christians have this stereotype about Christians. Maybe that reason is because we are ignoring our every day sin and believing that we are saving ourselves from our own sin. How can we expect sinful people (everyone) to follow Jesus Christ if we fail to recognize that we are sinners ourselves? As believers in Christ, we are to follow his perfection because of the recognition of our imperfection. Being imperfect is the perfect grounds for God to use us for His glory. When we begin to believe God can use our imperfection and we trust Gods promise, we are free to acknowledge our sin and unrighteousness and live in freedom to love others and make the name of Jesus known.
The Bible tells us that believers are one with Christ and that we walk in unity with Him. We are all separate parts of the body and Christ makes up the head. We are ONE with Christ! He has accepted us in His own image! We have not gained this unity in our own doing, but by the saving grace of God who sent His perfect Son so that we may obtain His righteousness. This unity with Christ makes our imperfection perfect; our weaknesses strong; our unrighteousness righteous. But we have to always acknowledge that our sinful ways and inability to remain sinless are what shows us our needs to live a Christ-centered life. In our witness as believers, we have to be willing to show transparency in our past shortcomings and failures that are still to come.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Ephesians 2: 8 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Are we humble enough to put our failures on display?
Do we believe God enough to use our failures for our good and His glory?