John 1 NIV
“45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”46“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.”
People will always go and listen to God where they have the faith to listen to Him.
Whether it is a priest, ordained bible scholar, or even someone non-ordained (like a simple son of a carpenter). It solely relies in one’s child-like faith to lead us into a more intimate relationship with God.
Now the entity that takes the greatest FAITH to hear the gospel is what is pleasing to God. For what we often deem FOOLISH, God holds very great in His heart.
It takes great FAITH to be reverend or to be still and to “hear” God in creation. How can something that is temporary point to something eternal?
But this is the FATE of FAITH, it will always take great FAITH to receive a gospel of perfection from imperfection or a gospel of maturity from us who are immature. However this is God’s will.
The TRUE meaning of PERFECT biblically via Hebrew/Greek translations is simply about being mature.
“The word “perfect” that we often use in religious conversation is frequently misunderstood. We tend to apply an unqualified philosophical meaning to it and have it mean “without flaw” or “without error” or put it into other absolute categories. It then becomes easy to say that Jesus’ command in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5:48), “Be therefore perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect,” is a laudable goal, but one that is impossible for human beings to achieve sicne we cannot possibly be perfect. That is even easier to do from certain doctrinal or theological positions that assume human beings can never respond to God beyond their contaminated sinful nature (see Body and Soul).
The problem in this thinking is that the Hebrew word (tam or tamim) does not carry the meaning of “without flaw” as does the term “perfect” in English. It normally means complete or mature or healthy (for example, Lev 22:21). That meaning of mature dominates most use of the equivalent Greek term in the New Testament (telos). Something, or someone, can be complete or mature yet not be “without flaw.” In fact, it is much easier to be mature and still have flaws, than it is to be without error or without flaw. Many people are mature, but few if any are “without flaw.” A six year old can be mature, and still have a lot of growing to do, just like a person can be “holy” and have a lot to learn about spiritual maturity.” – Dennis Bratcher, PhD
Dennis R. Bratcher: Is a Treasurer and Executive Director – A retired professor of Old Testament; he has earned the PhD in Biblical studies from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and has served as a educator in the church for more than 25 years. He is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, and has recently served on staff at a United Methodist church.
So hopefully this short note had planted a seed of compassion, love and an open mind to how God can truly use anyone and anything to draw us nearer to Him.
It is simply a matter of faith and where we choose this relationship with God starts and ends.
So to truly grow as a Christian, is to desire to be more intimate and mature on the things of God. And as we grow, the less offended we become because there is something about feeling loved that inspires, encourages and produces confidence and compassion.
If we are to be the light and salt of the world, I pray it is because of our maturity and compassion in Christ.
As always, God’s speed and love.