We had invited people to come dressed as someone who inspires them and we had the children (and a few adults) turn up in all kinds of costumes as well as some who came with props. Iron man and batman came, someone bought a lightsabre and there was even a sonic screwdriver as well as Mary Poppins herself.
One of the things that I remember Mary Poppins saying in the film was that ‘she was practically perfect in every way’.
Often people feel like they have to be good enough before they come to church and it’s sad because Jesus believes the opposite.
You see, Jesus didn’t just call people who were well-behaved to follow him, he was known as the friend of sinners. When challenged about his friendship with people who ‘weren’t practically perfect in every way’, Jesus said:
“Healthy people don’t need a doctor, sick people do.” (Matthew 9.12)
Jesus gives people access to God because they trust in him as their Lord and Saviour. Jesus gives us access to God even though we don’t deserve it. We don’t have to be good enough to get to him but we do need to be willing to come to him with our imperfections and to allow him to accept us rather than trying to earn his favour.
If you want to follow Jesus, you don’t have to be practically perfect in every way.
If you go to church, think about what the priority of your church community is. Do you just want nice people who behave well or are we interested in being friends of sinners in the same way Jesus was?