Is perfect possible when it comes to God?
Perhaps the better question is, when did God ever ask for perfect? Or was perfect the unattainable mark that I was taught to reach for by my earthly father when I was a child that never really could be reached in the first place? Working hard to achieve a goal is admirable, but when it overtakes your life, or you feel beat down when the goal is unachievable, we’re often left with asking when is good, good enough? Perhaps the answer lies at the cross!
Wouldn’t it be nice to be perfect? Sure… flawless and faultless, with no fear of mistakes coming back to haunt us. No troubles due to our jealous temper… no wasted energy covering up our hang-ups… no insecurities about our worth… sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Almost like a dream!
Actually, it’s a dream that can come true for anyone who desires it. But I want to be clear here… I’m not speaking about perfection… that quality is reserved only for God Himself. I’m referring to faultlessness as perfection and faultless are not the same. Perfection implies pristine condition, free of errors and flaws. Being faultless, flawless, or blameless allows for faults but is free from condemnation. So, are we listening to those around us or to the One that designed us and loves us unconditionally? God’s children are flawless in His sight. And since He desires that everyone accepts His salvation, the dream is open to anyone!
We humans are bogged down with imperfections. For all our kind intentions and best efforts, we’re still sinful. Thankfully, God knows this. He knew it before He created us, which is why He sent His Son to correction our situation by standing in our place. Jesus was and is perfect, the polar opposite of us; yet He took the blame for us. And what a load of blame we placed upon Him! Our faults were so great that God had to turn away from Jesus on the cross because all He could see was our ugly sinfulness suffocating and burying His precious Son.
If we are His children, as we all are, God sees only Jesus’ perfection in us. We’re still sinners, capable of doing wrong and causing pain. But we’re completely flawless in our Father’s eyes because Jesus’ blood cleansed our soul and no one can condemn us to eternal separation from God… not Satan, not ourselves, or any other person!
In Jesus Christ, we are God’s forgiven and holy masterpiece! Making us His blameless child “…gave Him great pleasure” (Ephesisans 1:5), so “praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son”! (Ephesians 1:6)
In a piece related to purity and needing God’s help, C.S. Lewis wrote “We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other hand, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven.”
Heavenly Father, that you see my Savior’s perfection in me is a miracle and is complete grace… thank you, Father… Thank you! Amen!
I remember my father always wanting me to push for a higher grade… his strategy was to withhold positive comments until I achieved that perfect score. As an adult, I’ve learned that an ‘A’ grade can be had not by having a 100% average, but having an average from 90-100%
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