Week Four | Day 1

Read: “If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:6-8

Most of us would probably agree that not much good comes from imperfect people posing to having it all together. So, what about ourselves? Have you ever been guilty of hiding behind images of a happy, clean, impressive life? And what about the energy it takes to protect that image when deep beneath the manufactured layers, we genuinely just long to be accepted and loved for the imperfect people that we really are?

Satan wants us to believe that our imperfections define us, and that if others knew the truth, we’d be discovered as frauds. But isn’t that the point of God’s gift of a perfect Savior? We ARE imperfect. We ARE sinners. But, praise God, He doesn’t want a manufactured or exhausted performance-driven version of who we think we should be. He wants the real us - ALL of us - just the way we are, surrendered at the feet of Jesus.

Because in our deepest, darkest cracks is where God’s healing light shines brightest. It’s in our imperfections where others can see His perfect nature reshape and transform us into someone new. It’s in confessing the truth of who we really are, that the truth of a loving, good God can be glorified.

Can we agree that no platform is big enough to bear the weight of our brokenness, no filter is good enough to hide our imperfections and no amount of likes is great enough to satisfy our need for approval? Can we agree that nobody wants a fake perfect version of us - not God, not our family, not our friends and not even ourselves? Can we agree that living to please the world locks us up in captivity, but living for God unleashes a life of joy-filled freedom? Are you ready for real living?

Pray: God, thank you for forgiving me. When I find myself trapped in a performance, trying to give you my best, remind me that my best will never be good enough. Remind me that you don’t want a better version of me - you just want me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.