A Balanced Equation

Perfect God and Imperfect People

Today's Scripture: Romans 5:6-8

Have you ever been with two “stubborn” people in one room? Have you seen them argue? It could be one of the worse things ever, because no one wants to let down a guard for another. And you know what they say? Two wrongs do not make a right.

We are all imperfect. In our little, quirky ways, we are all imperfect. Throughout Scriptures, all of our models and examples, save Jesus, were all imperfect people. But the one thing that distinguished each one of them was the perfect God that they served.

I love how the Message version puts the verses for today. It says,

Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.


Abraham was imperfect. Peter was imperfect – remember the denial. Paul? You know how much Saul caused trouble? David…you know the story. Ruth had an imperfect lineage too. Every human modeled in scriptures had their own form of imperfection, but we serve a God who wields our weaknesses into strength when we hand everything over to him.

My best moments in worship are my moments of brokenness – where I acknowledge my imperfection and surrender to the only true God. Today, let God in on your imperfection and watch Him mold you into all that He wants you to be.

Prayer Point: Father, I surrender all to you. I acknowledge my imperfection and I confess YOU, Jesus, as the only perfect one. You are not a God who is out of touch with my reality. No, Your Word says You have been through weakness and testing, and have experienced it all—all but the sin. So, I walk up to you right now to bask in your mercy, and accept your help in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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