Your Faith Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Real

I often find myself thinking about the great men and women of faith we see in the Bible. Their boldness, courage, fearlessness, and tenacity to pursue after what God had laid out for them. I often compare myself to these individuals. Maybe you’ve done the same. I wish I was that bold and faithful I tell myself. I wish I trusted God as unabashedly as they did. It’s really easy for me to compare myself to those who have done things I yearn to do. Not only within the words of the Bible but also in day-to-day life.

But what I have to constantly remind myself is the fact that these people we’re not perfect, and what I may perceive as a perfect and flawless life of faith and trust in God isn’t actually the case. They were human just like you and I. They made mistakes. They fell short. And they sometimes even chose the wrong. I’ve learned that your faith doesn’t always have to be perfect to be faith. In fact, it never will be and the Bible tells us that to be true (Ecclesiastes 7:20).

  • Mary
  • David
  • Joshua
  • Moses
  • Abraham
  • Peter
  • Paul

And the list goes on…

These are all people who in the Bible did incredible things, had incredible faith, but also had some incredibly deep imperfections. I say this not to expose their flaws to feel better about my own, but to remind myself that we’re all flawed and a little messy. There is no such thing as perfect faith, and that’s something that should unite Christians around the world instead of divide us. We’re all perfectly imperfect, journeying through this thing called faith together, one mistake and one victory at a time. If this wasn’t the case then we wouldn’t have needed a perfect Savior, Jesus, to die on a cross, and pay the penalty for our personal sins.

So no matter what you’ve got going on in life. Whether your faith is as strong as it’s ever been or as empty as it’s ever felt, know that God is still God and his love for you stays the same. We all go through ups and downs in life. We all have highs and lows as it pertains to our relationship with Jesus. We all make mistakes.

Don’t give up because you’re feeling down. God hasn’t given up on you yet, so neither should you. Try to keep your head up high even through the lows in life. Try to keep your eyes open to God’s goodness even when you feel like all you want to do is close them. Keep your heart surrendered even when you feel like closing it off to the world.

Your faith doesn’t have to be perfect to be real faith.

—Jarrid Wilson


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Published by Jarrid Wilson

Husband, Father, Pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship & Author of a few books.

16 comments on “Your Faith Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Real”

  1. It blows my mind how efficiently God uses the broken and the flawed, especially when he doesn’t even need to. This gives me hope and encouragement. And I especially love your message of Christian unity, Jarrid! “There is no such thing as perfect faith, and that’s something that should unite Christians around the world instead of divide us.” Well said.

  2. i always wonder that am not good enough , maybe my faith is too small , or maybe i did’nt try my best. this message gaves me encouragement and know that i can’t be perfect and Jesus will accept me no matter what. it is a struggle to be a christian and these are one of it .

  3. Thanks Jarrid so very much for all the good God is doing through you! Thank you for this reminder. I am going to through season at this time of my life of just darkness and this helped me. I do not know how long I will feel how I feel but I do know that there are worse things that I could be going through. And actually there has been. But reading this reminds me that even when I do not feel like I have enough faith God has it for me.

  4. Thank you for the encouraging words. No wonder Jesus said all we needed was a faith the size of a mustard seed to see something impossible become possible. We need to keep our faith strong and sometimes a boost of faith comes from words of encouragement from others. So let’s go and boost somebody’s faith!

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