People who know me well, also know that I am a huge fan of Alabama football – and have been as long as I can remember. I was gifted tickets to this year’s homecoming game, so my bride and I got to go on a mini-vacation this past weekend! What a precious gift!
For the last few years, coach Nick Saban has been trying to build a National Championship team. Last year they made it all the way and won the coveted prize. They had a perfect season, and hopes were high for this year. But, they are not the same team this time around.
I think they can still do it, if things go right, but as I’ve watched them this year I’ve been surprised at how many mistakes the defense has been making. As any football fan knows, a bad defense usually leads to risk taking in the offense. They lost during the previous week, and while they won the homecoming game, the win came amid a lot of imperfection. A win is a win, but wow.
And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
(1 Corinthians 2:1–5)
As a follower of Christ, I am bound up with imperfection. I sometimes represent the epitome of weakness and fear. My words (written and spoken) are fraught with mistakes and bumbling. But, because the Holy Spirit dwells in me, my service to the King is made fruitful. Because of God’s power, imperfect “me” is put to perfect use.
This is true for you, too. Don’t forget it. Don’t be afraid to step out for God’s purposes. God’s power will make a perfect difference with the imperfect “you.”