By Benjamin Budde - Guest columnist

Who said you’re not perfect?

We are all different, but does that make us flawed? Didn’t God make us the way we are? We’ve all heard the phrase “no one’s perfect,” but I don’t believe that, I believe that everything God made is perfect (Genesis 1:31).

It’s sin that’s flawed, that made us jealous, resentful, and full of pride. These are all products of sin, which affects everything in a negative way. Living a life contrary to Gods word makes our world unstable and our emotions uncontrolled.

Psalm 115:5-7 says, “They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they mutter through their throat.” This verse reminds me of King Nebuchadnezzar, who believed that it was by his own mighty power he built a great kingdom. Because of his pride, he lost his sense and acted like a beast in the field for many years, and only when he lifted his eyes to heaven did reason return to him (Daniel 4).

In a similar way, I’ve felt like Nebuchadnezzar. I was like an animal in the wild, until I gave my life to Jesus Christ and then life started making sense! Salvation means to be saved, and saved means to be made whole. This wholeness comes from an understanding that Jesus saved us from sin! The world says we’re not perfect and that perfection is fiction, but Jesus said, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). In other words, always be maturing in your personal relationship with Jesus!

Just because we’re different doesn’t make us messed up! God loves us and He made us to hear, feel, see, taste, and enjoy all the good things that He created. Sin is what is imperfect! The foundation of sin is being disobedient to God. It’s sin that disfigures, breaks, and kills us! A close friend of mine died in an alcohol related accident and people sat around drinking and complaining, “why would God let this happen.” Not once was alcohol blamed for it! This wasn’t a God problem but a sin problem. I believe if he would have listened to Gods law and the law of the land, he would be here today.

We have to give our sins to Jesus, ask forgiveness, and move away from our pride so we can walk in Gods perfect plan for us! In 1 Corinthians 13, it talks about how prophecies fail, tongues will cease, and knowledge will vanish because we only know in part, but when Jesus comes, that which is in part will be done away. When we receive Jesus in our heart and confess His word and apply His teachings to our life, mature love will come and we will see others as Gods does! From the dirtiest sinner to the purest saint we will have a heart, and a hope to see everyone have a personal relationship with the Heavenly Father! We will walk in faith, see in faith, the worth of everyone, and God will guide our hearts to help each other to find our purpose in Him! “As for God, His way is perfect; the Lord’s word is flawless; He is a shield to all who trust in Him” (Psalm 18:30).

Even though we may feel weak, cheap, and imperfect, God doesn’t think these things! He loves us with a perfect love, which means we can choose to keep growing a personal relationship with Jesus! When we fall, we continue to reach out to Him and grow through the ups and downs in our relationship with Jesus, staying faithful. I believe, to God, that is perfection.

By Benjamin Budde

Guest columnist

The writer is a husband, father, preacher, writer, artist, musician and songwriter. Ben and his wife, Missy, reside with their three sons in St. Marys.

The writer is a husband, father, preacher, writer, artist, musician and songwriter. Ben and his wife, Missy, reside with their three sons in St. Marys.