Monday, October 15, 2012

Nobody's Perfect

By A.R. Gallaher and David A. Sargent
      “Yes, I made a mistake.  But nobody’s perfect.”
      Have you ever heard that statement?  Have you ever said it?
      Consider the insights of A.R. Gallaher on “nobody’s perfect”:  “It is a statement normally used by such as you and me to expresses a fault in each one of us.  This statement though is not used in a negative connotation.  It is a positive statement expressing that compared to everyone else, I am the same as they; therefore, I am normal and to be accepted by everyone else… We use the expression to excuse ourselves or others of receiving blame or guilt over some kind of behavior.  Expressing “nobody’s perfect,” we find commonality with all those around us and sometimes even feel better that we are not like the murderers, rapists, thieves, or other commonly held notions of ‘REAL BAD PEOPLE.’
      “I ask you to contemplate how terrible and totally depraved that statement is and the one who utters it.  We are not saying that it is wrong to make the statement; only that the statement expresses a horrible truth that absolutely needs a remedy.”
      “Murder is wrong, raping is wrong, theft is wrong; but so is lying, gossip, seeing a neighbor in need and not helping, greed, fornication, deceit, pride, disobeying parents, envy, jealousy, and much more given in Romans 1.
      We are all guilty, guilty, guilty!  There is no "degree" of sin with God [in the sense that ANY sin makes us guilty before God].  There is no “lesser of two evils.”
      When we realize that we are lost and need something from God to make us acceptable, then we will never use ‘nobody’s perfect’ in a positive way.  It should rip out our insides and cause us to fall on our knees and release any dignity and pride we had to ask God to forgive us.  I believe with every fiber of my being that until the complete knowledge of how loathsome my sins are to God, I will not comprehend what God did for me in sending His forgiveness in the person of His Son.”
      It’s true.  Nobody’s perfect.  “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and the wages of sin is death” (Romans 3:23).  And the holy God can have nothing to do with sin.  Habakkuk the prophet spoke the truth when he said to God: “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong” (1:13).  Nobody’s perfect, and that condemns us all.
      But God sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins so that we might have forgiveness and life (Ephesians 1:7).  “For God made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).  “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
      In order to accept His salvation and the gift of eternal life; one must place his faith and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from sin in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).
      It’s true.  Nobody’s perfect.  That’s the problem!  We need a Savior.
      Jesus IS that Savior.
      Won’t YOU submit your life to the Savior?

- A.R. Gallaher and David A. Sargent; David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood in Mobile, Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional entitled Living Water."  To learn more about this excellent resource contact David via their website:

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