THEME: God Wants The Person More Than Perfection
‘My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.’
‘Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams’
1 Samuel 15:22
God wants the person not their perfection. God created us for relationship, he is jealous for our heart. It pains him when we give our heart to things that just end up damaging us. It pains him because he loves us so much and hates to see us hurt ourselves. These things aren’t only stuff like alcohol or drugs or other addictions, but even good things like our career and family. God must come first in our hearts, that’s all he wants. If we look at the old testament, before the Bible was even written we see the hero’s of our faith (Hebrews 11). These men and woman gave their lives and their hearts to God, but made so many mistakes! Many of them were murders (moses), and liars (Jacob). Their lives were far from perfect. They made so many mistakes and had so many issues, so why are they regarded HERO’s of the faith?? Their lives were examples of brokenness not perfection!
They are hero’s of the faith because they gave their lives and what they had, to God through faith. They trusted God and put their faith in him and so it was accredited to them as righteousness. It was their faith that made them right before God, not their perfect lives! God wants the relationship he created you for, not regulations or rules kept. In Romans 7:15 Paul writes: ‘I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.’ God knows that we cannot attain perfection. He knows we will not be able to serve him as we desire, he knows we will fail. It is not perfection he commands us to do, rather it is our hearts that he commands us to give. He asks us for our hearts because that is what is best for us; while giving our heart to other things brings death, giving our heart to God brings life.
Know that God brings perfection. He has done the work through Christ! He supplies the perfection we just need to supply our heart! Philippians 2:12-13: if we continue to work out our salvation, God works in us to help us to do what pleases him! He slowly moulds us into the likeness of his son. Perfection is Gods work, submission is our work. Give your heart to God, submit your will and time and energy to him and he will deal with the imperfection. Just as a builder needs planning permission before he builds, all God needs is a heart to submitted to him and he can work in it and change it.
PRAY: Father help us to truly realise in our hearts that you desire relationship more than our goodness. Help us to see that you provide the perfection if we allow you to work in our brokenness. Help us to live in submission to you. In Jesus name, Amen.