I got today’s blog idea from a friend, who saw a church brochure which had a picture of Barbie and Ken on it and which read, “No Perfect People Allowed.” I thought this was such a great idea! It spoke to my heart, too, about how often people view church attendance, and even prayer to God.
So many people think they have to be perfect to go to church or to pray – perfect like Barbie and Ken. And yes, lots of times so many people go to church each Sunday looking so good on the outside, but inside they are just a mess. They don’t feel they can be “real” with others and let down their masks, admitting they are hurting deeply or struggling with a sin. And yet God is the only place we can go to with our sins! He’s the only one who can make us clean and who can make us whole.
Psalm 121 says, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
Psalm 51 says, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity. And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight – That You may be found just when You speak and blameless when You judge.”
When we come before God and acknowledge our sins to Him, He is so eager to forgive and restore us to Himself, just as the father did with the prodigal son in Luke 15:12-31.
Christians are not perfect, just forgiven. We don’t have to be afraid of God and hide from Him. We don’t have to avoid church or prayer. We don’t have to try to look or be perfect like Barbie and Ken. Jesus already has perfect covered. He was the perfect, spotless Lamb of God, who died over 2,000 years ago for our sins so we could be reconciled to God and live with Him forever in heaven.
God invites us to come to Him with this sign: Very imperfect people welcome and greatly loved!