As one begins a quest for health, either in fitness or weight loss, I expect many strive for perfection. Did you as well? When you failed to achieve it, did you became discouraged, falter and give up? Unfortunately, perfection is unattainable. Strive for excellence, not perfection.
But why did you expect perfection from yourself? Did you think perfection would make others like and appreciate you more? It won’t. In fact, Romans 3:10 informs us that there was only one perfect person ever born, our Lord. If you recall, most people didn’t like him much while He lived on earth and even today Jesus continues to have countless enemies.
Humans cannot be perfect no matter how hard they try. No one else is Christ. If God doesn’t expect perfection from us; only obedience, how could we possibly think we are godly enough to achieve perfection?
May I remind you that God used normal, everyday imperfect human beings for his work? We tend to believe that the personalities of the Bible were superheroes, larger than life, but look again:
Abraham was old and Jeremiah was a child, Moses was timid and not a great speaker while Peter was proud and had a temper. Elijah got discouraged and Jeremiah was frequently depressed. Paul was egotistical and boastful while Jonah was a coward, David was an adulterer and a murderer and Solomon seemed to love women more than his LORD.
And don’t think women were any better: Sarah was a doubter, Rebekah was a schemer, Miriam was a gossip, Martha was controlling and Rahab was a prostitute!
Just as parents love their children no matter what, God loves us and desires what’s best for us. We are not perfect, but that shouldn’t give us license to be disobedient either. Striving for excellence pleases God. How you live represents your Christian testimony. Concentrate on that rather than expecting personal perfection which frustrates and discourages. Begin to create a strong godly example here on earth so you will hear the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23)
Isn’t it a relief that God does not expect perfection from us to be useful to Him?! Knowing that, what does your testimony say about you? I’m quite certain you have never killed anyone but have you ever gossiped or let gluttony overcome you at a church social? Remember sin is sin in God’s eyes and His Son died for all sins; even gluttony, laziness and gossip.
People are watching you as an example of Christianity. Do you represent someone a non-Christian would strive to be? What strengths will you eventually bring to place at His Holy Pierced Feet?
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)