“What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice…” – Philippians 1:18a
Paul is fighting some issues within the church. He notices that many of the other teachers are teaching the Gospel simply to prop themselves on a pedestal, out of “envy and rivalry” (v. 15). Instead of insisting that the Gospel be taught by a clean heart or not at all, he says that even in these misguided hearts, because the true Gospel is being shared, it doesn’t matter if a person is perfect, or has the best motive in mind.
And while that might seem counterproductive, how much more qualified are any of us to share the Gospel message? We have flaws, heck, I have flaws. I have flaws so crippling that it’s often hard to see the future that I dream of having playing out because of the situations my flaws so often land me in. These flaws can bring me to a place of feeling unworthy to be on a pedestal, to be in leadership roles, as someone who is so dark and messed up. But, God doesn’t require us to be perfect.
>>Purpose Statement #2: You don’t ever have to be perfect. Jesus was perfect for you so that He might sanctify you.<<
God works through the mishaps, the mistakes, the broken people and the “too far gone.” Don’t avoid a calling because of qualifications. Jesus was perfect so we don’t have to be. Rest knowing that God uses even the most shattered of vessels to advance His glory and His purpose.
“And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.” – Jeremiah 18:4
“And you feel so dirty you know you’re unworthy / Feeling undeserving of any love, but / There’s no distance too far, that I can’t reach you / There’s no place that’s so dark, that I can’t find you / Anywhere that you are, if you need proof / Take a look at these scars, and know I love you… never too far gone” -Jordan Feliz, Never Too Far Gone