Attempting Perfection? Ain’t Gonna Happen!

As one begins a quest for health, either through fitness or weight loss, many strive for perfection. Did you as well? How did that go? When you failed to achieve it, did you became discouraged, falter and give up?

Unfortunately, perfection is unattainable at any age. Therefore, strive for excellence, not perfection.

But why did we expect perfection from ourselves in the first place? Did we think perfection would make others like and appreciate us 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 could ever become 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 as well as 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.

Isn’t it a relief that God does not expect perfection from us to be useful to Him?! Knowing that, what does our testimony say about us? 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.

Striving for excellence pleases God. How we live represents our Christian testimony. Concentrate on that aspect rather than expecting personal perfection which only frustrates and discourages. We must begin to create a strong godly example here on earth so we will hear the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23)

People are watching us as an example of Christianity. Do we represent someone a non-Christian would strive to be? What strengths will we 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)        

 

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21 thoughts on “Attempting Perfection? Ain’t Gonna Happen!

  1. Thank you for writing this. You have achieved excellence in your understanding of the Word and communicating it to others.
    This issue is something I have struggled with. I start each day thinking today I will be perfect. Before long, my first sin comes along and instead of saying no, I hook my hands around his and together we go. Sin # 1 for the day and so it goes on- for me it is speaking too much, when speaking talking crap whether I know anything about the subject or nothing, hurtful words, and so on.

    You say in the post that we are not to try to be perfect for perfect we can never be but we can strive to be excellent- better than the previous time. What hope this gives me !
    Susie

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  2. Ellie, this is an excellent post! I have spent years trying to make sure I did a perfect job on every diet I pursued. And when I would inevitably “fall off the wagon” I would just give up. Now I have learned to ask God for help and to get back I track when I make a poor choice. Grace is powerful.

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  3. Another great post of wisdom! I am constantly reminding myself that if I put myself under “the law” it will condemn me over and over! The freedom we have in Christ allows us to be who He designed us to be and once surrendered to that I believe we can quit “trying” and just be. When we are filled with “the joy of the Lord” and not condemnation, people are drawn to the Christ in us! We most certainly can be confident in that! Love you dear friend!!

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