Don’t be afraid to share your imperfections with others

A pastor I respect, John Ortberg, said that “perfection is the great enemy of spiritual growth.”

I like that because it makes clear the fact that if you try (or pretend) to be perfect it actually undermines your spiritual growth.

What I think he’s getting at is that none of us are perfect. But if we think that’s what faith is all about, and if we cover up our struggles, we’re not being honest with where we’re truly at. Because of that, instead of moving forward we move backward.

[To see my explanation about why Jesus’ words to “be perfect” don’t mean what a lot of people think they mean click here.]

So today I’d like to offer you this idea: Don’t be afraid to share your imperfection with others.

I’m not suggesting you go over-the-top by giving everyone a never-ending laundry list of your blunders. But when talking with someone important in your life, don’t be afraid to share some of the things you’re struggling with—your imperfections.

This can help your own spiritual progress because you’re being honest. It reinforces in your mind that there are areas in your life that need work.

Plus—and I think this is really significant—it communicates to other people, including people who don’t share your faith, that it’s okay to be imperfect, that we’re fellow humans who are in this journey together, and that faith isn’t all about having all the perfect answers and never making a mistake.

I think some people are afraid to share their imperfections because they think it will make them look wrong. But instead, I think it makes them look real.

Psalm 37:23-24 says, “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”

Part of the reason I love this 2-verse truth-blast is because it reminds us that even though people who delight in the Lord sometimes stumble, they will not fall because the Saviour upholds them by the hand.

“Perfection is the great enemy of spiritual growth.” So don’t be afraid to share your imperfection with others.

By Matthew Ruttan

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