by Joy Martin, Set Me Free Ministries Co-founder
I have a confession to make. I’m not perfect. In fact, I have a confession to make on behalf of the entire Set Me Free Ministries' team. They’re not perfect either—not a single one of them. I’ll even go a step further and say none of us comes even close. But you already knew that, didn’t you?
I know this information comes as no surprise to you because we regularly point out just how flawed we are. And with good reason. It’s what this ministry is about at its very core.
When we began Set Me Free Ministries in 2008, one of our deepest desires was to see Christians start being real with each other. Becoming a Christian does not mean obtaining some miraculous form of perfection, so why do we so often hide behind a seemingly pristine facade?
I think sometimes we do it to save face. After all, those lives we left behind before becoming followers of Christ weren’t pretty, were they? Oh heck, let’s get real … the lives we live now aren’t always pretty. But you know what? That’s to be expected, because we’re human.
Only one perfect Man walked the face of this earth, and His name was Jesus. The best the rest of us can hope for is to lead lives that are pleasing to Him.
So if we all know we’re not perfect, and we know everyone else is in the same boat, don’t you think it’s about time we dropped the facade? We at Set Me Free Ministries believe that it’s these very struggles and imperfections that make this ministry possible. We know firsthand the wonder of God’s grace! We understand the power in the Name! Because without it, not a single one of us would be standing where we are today.
And that is why I’m excited to be able to stand up and say: “I’m not perfect!” I will gladly declare my imperfection, because I can follow it up by exclaiming that God loves me anyway. And with His guidance and strength, I can begin the path to overcome whatever ugliness is in my life. It is through my imperfections that He moves and teaches me and grows me.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9–10 Paul gives a glimpse into his heart regarding what he called “a thorn in the flesh” that he lived with. “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
You see, I don’t have to be perfect, because He is! So what do you say? Are you ready to announce your imperfections to the world and then proclaim what a work God has done in you? Please … join us. How else will the world know what a gracious, loving, forgiving God we have if we don’t fess up to the mess He’s cleaned up in our lives?