Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Perfection Is Unattainable

Perfection is unattainable. No matter how hard we try. Perfection is not a reality. That's a fact. And we will only wear ourselves down if we try for it.

We're not made to be perfect. Only God is perfect.

When we live our lives with the thought that we can be perfect we will wear ourselves out. Because, as many times as we turn the other cheek, as many times as we give all that we can to the poor, we will still mess up. We will still be imperfect.

And that's okay.

Jesus paid the price for us on the cross. He died for our sins and imperfections. He lived a holy, perfect life on earth. He gave us a great example to follow. But perfection for us won't come here on earth.

There are always going to be imperfections in our lives. There are going to be little things that we do wrong. There are going to be bad things that will happen to us. This earthly life is not made to be perfect. But one day we will be in a perfect place.

Heaven will be everything that we could hope for, more than we could dream of, more perfect than anything we could imagine.

Heaven is perfection.

Jesus is perfect.

We are not.

The sooner we let go and realize how imperfect we are, the sooner we will feel free. We will find it easy to follow Jesus's example only when we realize that we will never measure up to him. We will be better people, happier, more forgiving and loving and caring when we know that we all have imperfections and always will.

We will be at our best when we look to our savior for perfection. When we fully accept the grace that only he can provide. When we know that only he can cover our sins.

No good we do could ever erase the wrongs we have done. Striving for perfection would not lead us into heaven. Jesus is the only way. The only truth. The only life.

God's ways are perfect. God's love is perfect. We are his creation, and he wants us to follow him. He wants us to be good, but to know that we are flawed and are in need of a savior.

And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
1 John 4:14

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
John 8:36

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

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