Far from perfect but close to God

This week I had lunch with probably the most honest and transparent person I’ve ever been around.  I’ve never seen someone so intentionally open about his or her flaws and imperfections.  The part that was so inspiring was the way he so obviously depended upon the Lord.  He was far from perfect and close to God.

I don’t know anyone that claims to be perfect.  I know many who want to be close to God and because they aren’t perfect, they feel excluded or unable to be close to God.  This perspective actually makes the most sense.  Almighty God is perfect and has every right to destroy us miserable sinners at any time, but He doesn’t.  That’s the crazy part.  God actually wants to be close to us.  He wants to have relationship with us. Don’t get me wrong here, it’s not because we offer God something He’s missing.  God is complete and perfect in and of himself but remarkably He wants us.

There is a sentence in the book of Proverbs that helps us grasp this idea. Proverbs 28:13, “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”  God gives mercy to those willing to come out of hiding and admit their transgressions or sin or imperfect-ness. 

This is easier said than done. We all hate to confess we are in the wrong; especially when that wrong is obvious and something we have repeated over and over.  We need this truth to take root in our minds. The more we hide our sin, the less we prosper.  This is not simply prosper in terms of financial wealth, it refers to that gnawing shame that keeps us from enjoying anything in life.  Can you imagine coming clean?  I mean really coming clean.  The promise of God is “mercy.”  His mercy overcomes our guilt and shame.  His mercy allows us to move forward in life instead of constantly looking back, tethered to our secret, sinful choices. 

As lunch ended, I walked away with a new appreciation for transparency, openness and confession.  I experienced the bold openness of a man who had discovered the secret of Proverbs 28:13—of being far from perfect and close to God.

Posted by Andy Savage at 6:06 PM
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