I'm Not Perfect...

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

This past week Vicki and I had the opportunity to be in Branson, Mo. for the Gospel Singing Picnic at Silver Dollar City. This is always a time for us to visit with friends we have met over the years, listen to some wonderful Gospel music and simply relax. It is really a great time.

Of course, we have our ‘favorite’ groups. I love the Martins and just enjoy their wonderful music. It is always a true blessing to hear them in person. Vicki loves to see the Collingsworth Family (and so do I). They have great harmony and are just a great group.

It was just a great time to listen to music that touches your soul and brings a little bit of heaven to you in the midst of everything going on. Regardless of whether it is a quartet, trio, solo or a family; we were truly blessed by it all.

One group we heard was the Spoken 4 Quartet. They are based out of Branson and do a really wonderful job. I truly enjoyed all they shared. Yet they sang one song that spoke to me. It is entitled – “I’m Not Perfect”.

The first verse says -- “Some people say that I’m a Christian and they sit around and wait for me to fall; They seem to think I should be perfect, I guess they think I never sin at all. Listen and I’ll make it clear, I’m just a sinner too. I still have all my failures, but in Christ I am brand new.”

The chorus is – “I’m not perfect. I’m just purchased; not righteous, just redeemed. I never said I was innocent, but He gave me a song to sing. I’m not flawless, I’m forgiven, I’m a sinner not a saint; so trust me when I say that I’m not perfect, just purchased by the King.”

The second verse says – “Don’t think because I know the Savior, that it’s easy just to live my life for Him, that doesn’t mean when I am tempted, I don’t stumble and give into sin. He’s right there to show me strength, when I’m lost and lose my way, it’s only through His mercy that I can stand and say.”

The bridge says – “I’m not good and I face guilt, not a saint that’s sanctified. I’m not holy, I am healed. I’m not decent, I’m a believer, I’m not spotless, I am saved. I’m not good; I’m pardoned by His grace.”

As I listened to this song, I was totally blown away. Sure I knew that I wasn’t perfect, but I still held to this kind of perfection that comes with being a pastor. Yet this song just really put me in the place where God could speak to my heart. I am NOT perfect, just purchased; not righteous, just redeemed.

The thing that really got to me was that so many feel like they have to be perfect and righteous to the point that they are above everyone else. You might call that self-righteousness, but I would have to call it a wrong understanding.

You see, when a person comes to Christ and confesses that they are a sinner, they receive forgiveness from their sin. Their new found relationship with Christ doesn’t make them perfect, just purchased by the blood of the Jesus Christ.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – 9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Paul knew he wasn’t perfect, but He knew the One that was. He lived surrendered to the Lord in his life so that God might be glorified and the kingdom increased.

I don’t know who wrote the song or what company did the music, but I can tell you that this song is absolutely beautiful. The message just brought me back to where I needed to be and what God was wanting me to hear – I’m not perfect, I’m just purchased. What about you?

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul