By Chaplain (Maj.) Keith Ferrell
Special to GUIDON
One of the most common misconceptions about being a Christian is that life is perfect and so are we.
On the contrary, the Christian, by definition, is someone who has come to a realization of just how sinful they truly are and have found a place of repentance before God and confessed their need for Christ. Often times, however, Christians are unfairly deemed hypocritical. I mean, how can a group of people who claim a perfect God and have such lofty life standards fail so much. But that’s the point.
Christians aren’t perfect people…but we do serve a perfect God who extends his grace to those who are actively pursuing his will. And here’s the great part, it is in the pursuit of God’s will in our lives that leads us closer to God and influences us to shun evil and sinful behavior more than ever. But even then we understand that the church, the body of Christ, is made of imperfect people who sometimes act foolishly, say and do really mean things at times, and even act overly judgmental and fail morally.
Even the great Apostle Paul confessed to the church that he possessed a ‘thorn in the flesh’ that kept him from thinking too highly of himself. However, Paul goes on to state that the Lord spoke to his heart after much prayer and told him that “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
With that in mind, let me remind my fellow believers that our lives must remain humble both in the sight of God and in the sight of man.
What we do have to boast in must be that of which God has given unto us, namely the spiritual blessings of salvation, relationship, peace, joy, and the myriad of other gifts that Christ so freely gives through his Holy Spirit.
And, to my friends and neighbors who do not believe in the way of Christ, I say simply: we are not perfect people, but we do serve a holy and perfect God who loves ‘whosoever believes in him.’ Believers in Jesus struggle just like others, but know that their lives are surrounded by grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
(Editor’s note: Ferrell is the 43rd Adjutant General Battalion chaplain.)