Flawed and Fruitful (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 299)
1 Corinthians 13:10 (NLT)
But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
As humans, we long for that which is perfect. We strive for the perfect job, the perfect marriage, the perfect house, the perfect family, the perfect image. All of this is mostly an attempt to avoid facing our identity which means coming face to face with our flaws and owning them. What it really means is that we’re longing and searching for heaven to be our home.
When we’re going through a difficult period in our lives, it isn’t enough to just pray or go to church. We face adversity not for just to just get through it, but for us to settle down, understand who God is, and embrace the identity we’ve been given. You cannot become everything God made you to be until you fall in love with your identity in Christ.
You are imperfect, flawed, partial, and ultimately useless without God as the center of your existence. God makes all things in our lives perfect and whole in his divine time and for his glory. To fulfill God’s plan and purpose for your life, you must learn to make the most of what you’ve been given. Perfection isn’t in the here and now; it is in the eternal future where God lives and reigns and where those who believe in him will live and reign too.
We’ve all been given different backgrounds, ethnicities, races, purposes, pains, and positions in life. No two people are alike. No one person has it all or can do it all. God made us flawed for a reason and that reason is so we can be fruitful. “The time of perfection” won’t come until we cross over to the other side of glory and enter the pearly white gates of heaven. Therefore, trying to make everything down here perfect is useless. It will be partial and incomplete and just good enough for as long as we live this earthy life.
We make good on our flaws by becoming fruitful. Being fruitful means that we use the time we’ve been given wisely. We open our lives up to the full purpose God has given every soul to fulfill and we do it with all our might. We relate to people not from a point of superiority but from a level of grace that is often lacking in the world. We have the backs of our sisters and brothers because we’re all prone to fail, break, and fall.
No flaw or imperfection is sin or worthy of us spending time wallowing in shame. You are custom made, uniquely designed — flaws and all. Just imagine if all of our flaws were taken away from us. What would the world be like? We would probably be perfectly soulless. We’d have no need to anticipate or glory in a place like heaven. We wouldn’t be able to feel deep pain, the kind that shakes us to our core because we’d be perfect and so would the world.
You need to understand that there is no perfection here. These bodies will one day be old, frail, and ultimately useless. It is the not so perfect things that we do in connection to our divine purpose that causes us to see who God is and allows others to see glimpses of God in our everyday lives. If you’re waiting until you’re perfect to do something for God, stop right now and choose to fully embrace your identity, to see your flaws as a point of strength, and to be grateful to God for the hand you’ve been dealt.
“Shame says that because I am flawed, I am unacceptable. Grace says that though I am flawed, I am cherished.”
— Michelle Graham