Some of you were there, and most of you know that my oldest daughter, Sydnee was married last weekend. As any new bride does, she wanted everything to go perfectly on her wedding day. There were a few unexpected surprises but for the most part it was a perfect day and a beautiful wedding celebration.
That's a hard concept for us humans to even imagine, much less achieve.
Fortunately, God doesn't ask that we be perfect. He only asks us to turn to him when we're not. He doesn't expect us to be without blemishes, He only asks us to let him cover them up.
Perfect? No, but do you give your best to God?
That is the question we should continually ask ourselves.
We strive to be the best we can in our family, at work, in competitions, and many other things in life.
But have you always tried to give your best to God?
“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15 NLT
We are imperfect beings striving to live eternally in a perfect place. Anything less than giving our best to get there makes no sense. God sees our imperfections and has given us a pathway to make an eternal existence in heaven possible.
“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”
1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT
Faith is a job.
Christianity is a family.
Life and it's trials is a competition.
Give your best when it comes to God.
I know for me this is a constant struggle.
I live in ways that are not my best sometimes, but through prayer I ask for guidance and strength to be better.
So the next time you are asked to serve in some way,
or see suffering that you might help ease,
or know of something you can do to at least make your connection to this world better.
Ask yourself the question, "Am I doing my best?"
Jesus broke the loaf at the last supper to teach his disciples and ultimately us, of it being the symbol of His broken body that was broken for our imperfections.
May we bow our heads in a word of prayer for the loaf?