Being a Christian is not about erasing or hiding our messes but instead addressing the messes and becoming something because of them.
We all make mistakes. We all say things we don’t mean to, hurt people we don’t mean to, and do things we don’t mean to.
We are human, and humans by nature are imperfect. We fail Him daily. We are a mess, but that’s okay.
God loves all the little messes of the world but He loves us too much to leave us there.
Now before you go pointing out fellow Christians’ flaws and shortcomings, remember that there is no such thing as a perfect Christian (or human for that matter) other than the Savior Himself. We are all guilty of actions or words that don’t quite exemplify our beliefs, but what truly matters is the heart. If your heart is earnestly seeking Jesus, able to admit where you fail, and willing to actively work to align yourself and your actions to be more Jesus-like, that’s what counts. That’s what matters. Not how many times you’ve messed up, how many people you’ve hurt in the process, or how much worldly damage your sins have caused you. It’s your heart that counts. Where is your heart at amongst all your actions? Are you actively seeking Jesus to fix your heart to be more aligned with Him?
We are all imperfect Christians but that doesn’t give us an excuse. Yes, we fail. Yes, we all portray sides of us that don’t quite match our faith, but no, we are not allowed an automatic free pass because we are human. Yes, we should address our mess, work on our mistakes, right our wrongs, and make amends when necessary. But none of us can be the perfect example of what a Christian looks like because we are all imperfect. And our imperfections are made perfect in Him – not in ourselves or our actions, but in Him. The one and only.
So while we are all imperfect Christians, God clearly states,
“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).