Journey of Truth: Part 1
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, how perfect are you? How would you define perfection in your walk with Christ? How has perfection helped your walk with Christ? Depending on how you define the word “perfection” will determine how you answered those questions.
Now that you’ve answered those questions, is it possible that we confuse excellence with perfection in our culture? Isn’t it strange how words with completely different meanings become synonymous? “That’s cool!” and “Man, that is sick!” “That’s wicked!” and “That’s awesome!” “That’s so gay!” and “That’s so stupid!” We have also given excellence and perfection the same meaning. Yet, in reality they are distinctly different.
Perhaps a little reluctantly, we would all admit we cannot obtain perfection. We let the devil’s lies into our hearts, and we then feel shame for not being perfect. STOP! God has no false expectations on man’s ability to be perfect.
In Hebrews 7:11, 18-19, Paul explains why struggling for perfection is futile: “If perfection could have been obtained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come – one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God” (NIV).
As Paul stated, our works will never be “good enough” to achieve perfection. In fact, the only way we can be perfect is allowing Christ to live through us. He and He alone is perfect. He was the ultimate sacrifice because our works could not and would not be sufficient.
Since perfection is unobtainable, we can begin to live a life of excellence – a constant state of grace after God’s heart. In the coming weeks, we will continue to explore perfection and excellence, the extreme difference between the two, and how they fit into our daily and spiritual lives.
This week I encourage you to begin letting go of your desire to be perfect. Instead, draw near to the Father. It is in our weaknesses and imperfections that He is strong.