You Don't Have to Be Perfect
“Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, ‘May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone who sets their heart on seeking God—the Lord, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.’ And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.” 2 Chronicles 30:18-20 (niv)
King Hezekiah’s Passover wasn’t perfect. He was having his people celebrate the Passover for the first time in years, after they had been under a king who didn’t follow the Lord. The correct Passover month had already passed, but Hezekiah decided to hold it anyway. Also, there were lots of people who didn’t know the law; they had never been to the Temple, and they weren’t ceremonially clean.
But Hezekiah wanted to have this Passover celebration as a fresh start of obedience to God. Hezekiah knew that God would want them to celebrate the Passover even though they weren’t perfect.
In our culture, we’re often expected to be perfect. In high school, you’re laughed at if you make social mistakes. In our workplace, we’re reprimanded for errors. In the home, we feel we’re a failure if our marriage is going through a rough patch. At church, if you don’t have perfect faith, people worry you’re falling away from God. But here, God is saying that we don’t have to be perfect for Him to be pleased.
We forget that when Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James and John, they weren’t the great men of faith we think of; they were just fishermen. And Jesus called them just as they were.
FAITH STEP: Are you striving for perfection? Let it go. Jesus is calling you as you are.
Writen by Camy Tang
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