When I was in 9th grade, the teacher noticed that I was squinting at the board. With a deep sense of dread, I finally agreed to go to the eye doctor.
Sure enough–I was nearsighted. I flat-out refused to wear the glasses prescribed for me, and bristled at the condescending manner of the doctor.
I could not stand the thought that something was wrong with me, and would rather continue squinting than admit deficiency.
Glasses may be a silly example, but I still don’t like to see my faults. I cringe to se
e cellulite, my messy kitchen, or the ugliness that can lurk in my heart. Eve and I–we both get this urge to run and hide when we see our nakedness.
But my lack and imperfection is precisely the reason that Jesus came.
And He didn’t come wagging His head at me, hand on hip in disgust. He came running, calling me beloved.
My emptiness and His abundance are a perfect match. In fact, I was designed to have no sufficiency of my own so that Christ would be all in all.
Without seeing my glaring deficiency, would I ever turn to the Sufficient One? Probably not. If I were perfect, why would I need the Lord? My hated faults are gradually becoming almost like friends, because anything that brings me to Jesus is a good thing.
And when a perfection-obsessed society gets a glimpse of the Perfect One shining out of this obviously cracked and broken jar, they will say, “Well, it can’t be her. It’s gotta be Something else.”
If you want to dig a little deeper, here are a couple of the verses that God has used to show me truth in this area of my life. (Can you tell I recently read 2 Corinthians? 🙂 )
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
-2 Corinthians 12:9
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
-2 Corinthians 4:7
“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”
-2 Corinthians 3:5