Be Faithful, Not Perfect

Are you a perfectionist? Has anyone ever referred to you as having a Type A personality? While being organized and having a leadership personality isn’t sin in and of itself, the enemy can use these otherwise honorable personality traits to wear us down, isolate us and cause us to be ineffective for the things of God.

As I was reading through scripture today I realized, perfectionism has definitely translated into a sin I struggle with. There are people and things I still want to control:

My health starts to waiver and I look to Dr. Google for diagnosis and treatment options.

Our children struggle in school or act out and I start researching ways to improve my parenting techniques.

The Holy Spirit convicted and reminded me that we are commanded to be faithful, not perfect!ย  Why am I so quick to forget this area of His grace?

Scripture shows us plainly that God has never looked for perfect people. He is simply looking for us to be faithful. Remember King David?

God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, he will do everything I want him to do (Acts 13:22).’

Despite King David’s respectable traits, he wasn’t perfect.ย  He committed sins involving not only adultery, but murder! It’s important to remind ourselves that we all fall short of perfection in everything we do (Romans 3:23). That’s why God sent His only Son to take our place as payment for sin (John 3:16).

Instead of striving to be perfect, let us measure ourselves against the biblical standard of faithfulness. When we start to do this, we will see that everyone around us is in the same boat (1 Corinthians 10:13). We will be less likely to isolate ourselves and more prone to confess our sins to other believers (James 5:16). This will help hold us accountable to our brothers and sisters in Christ, and encourage community. When we do life with other believers, we are stronger than when we try and do life alone (Proverbs 27:17).

So, as we go about our daily tasks this week, Lord, I pray you remind us to aim for the goal of being faithful when we fall short. Let us remember that only Jesus was perfect and in Christ, God promises to overflow us with His endless grace.

Note: If this post tugged at your heart, I would highly recommend the work ofย Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. This post is an adaption of a devotional I read in the NIV Life Journey Bible which they both co-authored.

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26 thoughts on “Be Faithful, Not Perfect”

  1. Oh yes, faithful not perfect. This hits home in a deep struggle spot. For so long I didn’t think I struggled with perfectionism because I often go for “good enough.” Yet God has been showing me that underneath a deep desire for approval from others is an expectation of self that is the pride of my flesh. So grate to visit from Grace and Truth.

    1. I am blessed by your honesty, Ginger. I can definitely relate. Pride is an ugly and yet cunning beast that I struggle with in this sense too. Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts!

      God bless,

  2. Yes, yes! Love it! “Be faithful, not perfect” is an absolutely wonderful and beautiful phrase for what’s expected of us.
    Thanks for linking up with Grace & Truth and I hope to see you back next week!

    1. It’s a phrase the Lord has continually brought me back to when the enemy attempts to fill my heart with doubts. Thank you for taking the time to read and share your thoughts, Jenn!
      God bless,

  3. I so appreciate this post, it’s a beautiful reminder! This is a message that needs to be heard by so many and I’m so thankful for it. I will be featuring this tomorrow for our next of Grace & Truth. Be sure to come by my blog tomorrow for an “Ive Been Featured” button!

    1. I am humbled and honored by this opportunity to share with others what the Lord has been putting on my heart. Thank you Holly; To God be the glory!

  4. Thank yo for that reminder. It is good to be reminded that we are called to be faithful. I need that as I deal with children and life.

  5. Yes, be faithful, not perfect! How wonderful that we are not expected to be perfect! God knows we still sin and has provided forgiveness. All we need to do is repent and confess. He’s waiting with open arms. We should not even pretend perfection because no one is really perfect. When we admit our failures and inadequacies we actually can encourage each other. Thanks for sharing this post. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Amen, Gayl! We are so blessed to have a Savior who unconditionally loves and repeatedly forgives. Thanks for your feedback and have a blessed weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Yes! I so completely need the Lord’s help to realize it’s ok that I am not perfect. Thank you for driving this point home – more and more – in my heart. I am blessed by you so often! Cheering your HEART!

    1. Kelly, your cheerleading for the Faith is an endless supply of blessings. Thanks to you I now look forward to Mondays and #RaRalinkup. Thank you for taking the time to read and reply. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Tina ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Tina, this is a subject that is so near to my heart. Although I’m not type A, I am definitely a perfectionist with some type A traits. I always say I’m a “perfectionist in recovery.” Thank you for this reminder that we don’t have to be perfect and God’s grace is sufficient. So thankful. Blessed to have you at #RaRaLinkup. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Rachel, thanks for stopping by. It seems as though there are many of us that can identify. Thank goodness for Christ’s finished work on the cross! Amen?

      Blessings to you,

    1. It’s definitely been a helpful little breath prayer when the enemy attacks. Thanks for reading and replying Ashley. Have a blessed day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank goodness for Jesus indeed! Because of His perfect works I am no longer exhausted trying to spin the plate of perfection. He declared, “It is finished,” so in Him I can find rest. Have a blessed Sunday, Ruth.

  8. “Be faithful, not perfect” sounds like one of those things I can quickly say to myself when I notice I am going down the rabbit hole of perfection. I feel God asking me to be faithful in the small things, instead of trying to be perfect at all the big things. Thank you for your words. They really resonate with me, and I’m so grateful we were neighbors today on #RaRaLinkup!

    1. Amen to that Jenni! I find myself repeating the phrase as a breath prayer countless times a week. I’m blessed to know the topic God inspired me to write resonated with you. To Him be the glory! Be blessed.

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