What I’m about to tell you is terrible. But I’m going to tell you anyway!
I heard about some people who started a Bible study group. They called it “Owl.” At first, people thought the name was based on the bird. Since owls are symbols of wisdom, it made sense.
But it came to light that the name wasn’t based on the bird. It was an acronym. O.W.L. stood for “ones we like.” Basically, the people only wanted to include in their Bible study people they liked!
Fortunately, the people were reprimanded and the group was disbanded.
I tell this story because it’s easy to assume that people we don’t like or disagree with or who are different than us have no real role to play in our faith.
But they do.
As I said last week, life is a team sport. And so is faith. It’s more like baseball than it is like a 100-metre sprint. We need other people—including “imperfect” people—along the way.
In fact, imperfect people are perfect opportunities for you to grow in godliness.
When it comes to your brothers and sisters in faith, if you only interacted with people who thought the same things as you, and who you liked, you’d never be pushed and challenged to grow and mature in the same way.
So whenever we interact with people who think or do things differently than us, it’s a chance for us to grow in godliness. We can ask ourselves, ‘What am I going to do in this situation? If Jesus were here with us now, what kind of person would I be?’
In Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) we read that words should be used that are “helpful for building others up according to their needs.” I think that’s good wisdom for you and me… and whoever we interact with.
Yup. If you’re going to mature in your faith, you actually NEED imperfect people. They are perfect opportunities for you to grow in godliness.
Wouldn’t that be a better way to approach “imperfect people”? I hope you agree with me. After all, it might help other people know how to deal with you.
Why? Because you’re one of the imperfect people too.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Today’s “Up!” is based on Part 1 in a new series I’ve started called “Team – Why you need other imperfect people in the game of life and faith.” If you want to check it out you can listen the the podcast here. Enjoy!