At church this morning, our Pastor quoted something by Philip Yancy that really stuck with me. The quote was:
“I have come to know a God who has a soft spot for rebels, who recruits people like the adulterer David, the whiner Jeremiah, the traitor Peter, and the human-rights abuser Saul of Tarsus. I have come to know a God whose Son made prodigals the heroes of his stories and the trophies of his ministry.”
Gosh. What a quote....that is so incredibly true. I feel like this quote really puts into perspective of of the main characteristics of God---His tender loving COMPASSION for His people. He sees how broken we are in the midst of this crazy world, and He desires to be our source of reconciliation to that brokenness.
BUT I feel like our culture has Christianity all wrong--which is why so many people are turned off by the idea of pursuing Jesus today. Often non-believers think of Christians as just of bunch of religious hypocrites who pretend to be more perfect than the rest of us.
...It is actually the opposite. As Christians, are all just a bunch of imperfect people in desperate need of God's grace. Now don't get me wrong, we are called to live above reproach as Christians and be a light for His kingdom...but at the end of the day we all mess up. We don't match up to the standard of perfection because we are broken people.
Which is why we so desperately all need JESUS. Heck, you can kick your religion out the door! I don't need any more rules in my life. I need Jesus people. He is the only one gets my mess. He is the ONLY one who can be the ANSWER to my mess. I wouldn't last for a second in religion.
So when people say don't want to serve God because they will never be good enough for a God who is looking for a standard of perfection, I'll tell you right now, that is NOT my God. My God is a loving God who loves to take broken people and show them the path to finding fullness in their relationship with HIM. His love for His people is fierce and deep, and when you encounter it, you'll never be the same.