Flawed and Faithful
It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise.
By faith... In God’s economy, those who live by believing him are remembered for their faith and not for their mistakes. The reason is simple: Everyone makes mistakes, sins, and is horribly flawed, BUT NOT EVERYONE IS FAITHFUL.
Rob used a great illustration in his message yesterday about this. He pointed out that we have been married for thirty years. And in those years we have exhibited mistakes, sins & flaws. But we are still married, and we never stopped pursuing marriage the whole time. We are flawed and faithful.
The Heroes of Faith mentioned in Hebrews 11 are sinners just like me. The pursuit of believing and trusting God at the same time puts all Believers in a separate category than the group of people who only have their human nature going for them. Living by faith means that God knows what we meant to do or wish we’d done even though we didn’t do it.
Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:2-3)
I’m not always a good wife, but I sure meant to be, and we are still married.
I don’t often react to situations and people like Jesus, but I want to and I mean to, and Jesus still lets me follow him.
I’d rather be flawed with faith than just plain flawed.
Hebrews 11 goes on to explain people like Abraham, But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. (v.16)
The people flawed with faith look forward to living with God forever and live there how we always meant to live!
Thank you for knowing who I am and who I mean to be today even though we both know I am still full of my human nature. Thank you for helping me, giving me the option to follow you, and preparing a heavenly home for me to be with your Son, Jesus, for forever, in whose name I pray, amen.