Where we see imperfection God sees something utterly beautiful. Viewing our struggle from the perspective of the artist. What does the creator think of His handiwork?
The Lord woke me up early again this morning because He wanted to show me something.
I’ve wrestled around with titles for today’s devotional for the better part of an hour now. I was thinking along the lines of ‘Perfect Imperfection’, but there are books and a popular song that uses that title already and I didn’t want this lost in contrast to those things.
What we are seeking to see this morning is that what we see as imperfection encompasses what the master artist, God is painting, and if we see ourselves from His perspective we can realize that what He is illustrating in us is something that envisions us as imPerfection.
In my quest during these early hours of the morning, I discovered a term that I haven’t heard of before. Don’t go rushing to try and find this in Websters Dictionary or for that matter most any dictionary you have sitting around.
I did a search and found it in the Urban Dictionary online. It defines it like this:
Something that is totally awesome, but not without its flaws
The term is credited by the Urban Dictionary to have been coined by the supermodel Tyra Banks.
I know from experience that popularized phrases that appear to have been coined by some celebrity, are in reality at times sourced from someone far removed from the spotlight. The celebrity could have picked it up in their conversations with people and put it out there for all to see and hence garners credit for the term unwittingly.
I’m not saying this is or is not the case for Flawsome. I only see it as a useful definition to implement here.
Regardless, call it what you will Incredibly Flawsome or Perfectly Imperfect, we are the creation of God and thus are a specific and unique representation of His artistry and craftsmanship. We are perhaps not perfect from a human perspective, but we really shouldn’t care about that.
It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe.
Proverbs 29:25 (GNT)
From the Creator’s perspective, we are ideally suited for His purpose.
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (CSB)
It was in the works before ‘the works’ was created.
He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
2 Timothy 1:9 (CSB)
Perfection Through Love
“You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.
For he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have?
Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what are you doing out of the ordinary? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same?
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Matthew 5:43-48 (CSB)
The entire Bible is a Love Story. God gives us the scripture to tell us about Him, His love for us and how, beyond all other things, He desires that we love Him in return, of our own choosing. People write entire volumes regarding what the scripture is, but it really isn’t that complicated.
It is spelled out in perhaps the most commonly memorized passage there is.
For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (CSB)
God so loved what He has created, that He desires that anyone that believes in Him, will not have to suffer the punishment that they have brought upon themselves. He wants us to have eternal life. Not just so that we are spared the punishment we are due, but so that we can love him in return!
We love because he first loved us.
If anyone says, “I love God,” and yet hates his brother or sister, he is a liar.
For the person who does not love his brother or sister whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And we have this command from him: The one who loves God must also love his brother and sister.
1 John 4:19-21 (CSB)
We are loved not because of who we are or what we are. We are loved because that is the purpose for which we were created, to be loved by God!
It is this love that makes perfect that which otherwise would be imperfect. Washed by the blood of Jesus we are adorned with the vestment of His Grace and righteousness. This is what God sees. Not our flaws but the perfect instrument of His Glory, if we have relinquished our will to Him.
Because it is through this Love of God that lives in and through us that we are molded and become the masterpiece that is His design.
No, by man’s standards, even by our own, we are distortions of everything ideal. Seldom do we have to look very close to spot broken symmetry, dysfunctional components, and inadequately provisioned properties.
I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well.
Psalms 139:14 (CSB)
His “works are wondrous, and I know this very well.” I have no doubt whatsoever about this fact. “I have been remarkably and wondrously made“, I am, “Incredibly Flawsome!”