Perfect God, Imperfect Us

Posted on 09-Dec-2014

By Corporal Nathan Chan of the 10th Kuala Lumpur Company

Published December 9th, 2014

There was once young boy that wished for a bike. So he got on his knees, and prayed, “Jesus, if you get me a bike, I promise to be good for an entire year.” Satisfied he got onto his bed and lied down.

Just then, he remembered how he had an exam in a months time, but he didn't want to study. So he got down onto his knees again, and prayed, “Jesus, if you promise to get me a bike, I promise to be good for one week.

Yet again, he remembered how his mom was always scolding him for not making his bed every morning. So he got down from his bed, and snuck out the house. Across the street was a catholic crypt, left unlocked all night.

So the boy crept in, grabbed the statue of Mary, and ran back to his room. Quickly, he put the statue into his cupboard and locked it. Then he got down onto his knees, and prayed, “Now, Jesus, if you ever want your mother back...”

Our imperfection is evident everywhere. The world, the streets and even our own selves carry signs of imperfection. Lying, stealing and murder are just those that can be seen. So much more happens beneath the surface of our skin. We live despite, not because of what we do.

On the other hand, God is perfect. He has never, is never and will never sin. Even when He exposed Himself to a sinful and imperfect world, He never once fell to temptation, even when it came directly from Satan himself.

One might say, “If God is perfect, how can we be imperfect as His creation?” In other words, how can a perfect Creator make something imperfect? If He who is perfect creates imperfections, how can He be perfect?

Despite our imperfection, God did create us perfect. When God brought Adam and Eve into being, he made them completely perfect, without any sin. Put into the garden of Eden, they were meant to live there forever.

At the same time, God created all humanity with free will. Adam and Eve abused this free will and sinned against God, making themselves, and thus their descendants all imperfect.

God never needed us. He existed long before we were created, and would have existed for eternity even if we were never created. Yet though the perfect God knew this would happen, even before he created us, He went on with it. Why?

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3 NIV)

He did it simply because He loves us, even before we we created. He loves us so much, that He was willing to watch us turn our backs on Him, willing to try again and again to convince us of His love, willing to die so that we can know Him, and be with Him.

He truly is our perfect Captain.


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