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I’ve gotten into the habit recently of watching the big money round of the TV game show Family Feud (some of the questions in the rest of the show have me skipping that part). Recently, host Steve Harvey asked the two big money contestants this: “Being honest, give God a letter grade on the job He did creating you.” The first contestant said A+. When it came time to reveal how many people gave that answer Harvey assured the contestant: “that is absolutely the right answer.” It was, in fact, the number one answer.

Harvey, a man of faith, almost certainly wasn’t agreeing with the contestant’s self-assessment. Harvey knows that God gets an A+ for the work He did in creating each and every one of us. Why then, do we often give God a poor grade when He considers us a masterpiece? I’m too short, too tall, not beautiful enough, not smart enough, and on and on and on. God sees us all the same. As perfectly imperfect creations of His. He sees us all as A+ work, regardless of how others see us. He made this clear when He told Samuel that He had chosen a king from among Jesse’s sons. Samuel assumed he would know God’s pick when he saw him. He was wrong several times:

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

God’s choice was the (lowly) shepherd David. The lesson here is twofold. God didn’t judge David on physical appearance and, as we would learn later, David’s heart was far from perfect. But he was perfect for what God had in mind for him. As the Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)

We are indeed perfectly imperfect. We are full of imperfections but are perfectly suited for the work to which God calls us. What grade would you give God on the job He did in creating you? If it’s less than an A+, ask yourself why you’re grading Him and yourself so harshly. If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, if you’ve surrendered your natural self to Him, you’re exactly what He needs. Yes, you’re inadequate but God’s grace is more than adequate. It’s all you need to accomplish what he calls you to do. He will equip you. He will prepare you. If you see yourself as anything less than an A+ all you must do is ask God His will for your life, listen and then say yes.

By the way, the second contestant in the big money round came out and answered the question by saying “10.” Right idea, wrong grading scale. That drew a zero score and a lot of laughs. But the irony is that if he follows God’s plan for his life, he’s an A+ too. We can all take comfort in that.

This post is republished with permission from Oakbrook Church, De Pere.

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