You Don’t Have to be Perfect

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Recorded June 29, 2014 at the Brown Street Church of Christ in Waxahachie, Texas.

Title: “You Don’t Have to be Perfect”
Speaker: Paul O’Rear
Genre: Spoken Word
Length: 28:05

Do you ever get frustrated with your spiritual life?

Do you ever feel like you’re just not good enough for God to love?

God’s love for you doesn’t depend on your worthiness.

We have all sinned, and therefore we all deserve death (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23).

There is no one who deserves – or is worthy of – God’s love, Jesus’ sacrifice, or the gift of salvation. NO ONE!

God doesn’t love us because WE are righteous. God loves us because HE is righteous!

God’s love for us does not depend on our worthiness. He loves us in spite of our unworthiness.

God never has recruited the spiritually elite.

If you look back on the map of your spiritual journey and are embarrassed with all the twists and turns, the inconsistencies in your faith, the imperfect path you have blazed, just stop and think about the people God has used throughout history to accomplish His purposes.

  • Abraham (liar, adulterer)
  • Isaac (liar)
  • Jacob (liar, deceiver)
  • Jacob’s sons, heads of the 12 tribes of Israel (conspirators to commit murder, slave traders, liars, deceivers)
  • Joseph (arrogant, spoiled brat)
  • Aaron (idolater, leader of idol worship)
  • Samson (slept with a prostitute)
  • David (adulterer, murderer)
  • Solomon (womanizer)
  • James and John (“Sons of Thunder”)
  • Peter (denied even knowing Jesus)
  • Paul (murderer)

And yet …

  • God called Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to be the patriarchs of His people, the Israelites.
  • God used Joseph to save His people from famine.
  • God chose Moses to lead His people out of Egypt, to the Promised Land.
  • God used Aaron to establish the priesthood that would serve the Israelites for centuries.
  • God chose Samson to lead His people for 20 years and to deliver retribution to the Philistines.
  • David was called a man after God’s own heart.
  • Peter, James, and John led countless people to Christ.
  • Paul wrote about half of the books of the New Testament.

God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

God’s power is made perfect in our weakness.

God doesn’t need the strongest, smartest, most eloquent, best looking, most innately qualified people to carry out His purpose.

When we rely on our own strength …
When we focus on our own qualifications …
When we take pride in our own reasons for boasting …
We start saying “Look at me” instead of “Let me tell you about God.”

God doesn’t need you to be the strongest, smartest, most eloquent, best looking, most innately qualified person. He just needs you to trust Him, and to look to Him for strength.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT.

Paul O'Rear Signature

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