“On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”’
– Matthew 9:12
I want to have a church filled with sinners. There are plenty of churches filled with saints, but that’s not what I believe we’re called to look like. Jesus’ church is not meant to be a country club of righteous people who pat each other on the back, but a gathering of thirsty, weary souls, yearning for Living Water. It’s a community of broken people who want to be better, who work and strive toward sanctification, righteousness and Godliness, but who in the end, love one another. And most importantly, they receive God’s love when they mess up.
Imperfect people make a perfectly imperfect Church, and that’s how God designed it. He loves us just as we are, not as we should be, and that’s what we should live out in our places of worship!
Jesus, thank you for loving me perfectly, even though I am imperfect. Teach me to extend the same love to others.
What does it mean to you to be part of a perfectly imperfect church?