Grace Kills Perfect
This morning I was informed that I had two typos in a blog post. I was grateful to know so I could fix them. There might be typos in this blog post too.
At the beginning of every service at my church, we always greet our neighbors and tell them we aren't perfect. It is like a Southern Baptist meets therapy type of deal. It is a refreshing exercise that conditions the heart to hear God's word from a humble disposition.
I am not perfect.
Living under the law must have been crushing. To dot every t and cross every i (see what I did there?) from a spiritual perspective is impossible. And God knew this. That is why Jesus had to come - to rescue us from our giant sinful failures.
Grace gives us a get-out-of-perfect free card. While we can strive for excellence at work and holiness in all facets of life, when we inevitably mess up Jesus' grace picks up the tab. Grace kills perfect, because perfect is an unachievable notion for fallible creatures.
I think grace is the most powerful engine for creativity and great work - work that is big risk and big reward. Powered by grace, we can run hard and not worry if we trip and smash our teeth in the dirt. We can test new ideas without fear that they'll show the world we are really morons.
God is so good to love goobers like us with a grace that refreshes and encourages. Now go leap - you have a net of grace underfoot.