It’s been a few days since I’ve had a chance to write. I’m definitely realizing that a church plant demands much of my time! But, things have calmed down a little…at least for the time being!
I’ve been thinking about this post for awhile, and I was finally able to get around to writing it. So many of us are attempting and trying to be “perfect”, especially those of us who consider ourselves to be Christ followers.
We make Christianity about what we can’t do. We place certain ideas about what holiness looks like. We do our best to not make mistakes.
This is what Christianity looks like for many of us.
We tend to think of “perfect” as something that is “without blemish”, or “without fault”, or “absent of mistakes”. When it comes to our lives, what does that actually look like? How do we actually achieve something like that?
The truth is…we can’t! Nor do I believe that God looks at perfection in that way. In Colossians 1:28, the Apostle Paul says, “Whom we preach , warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus…”
What does this word “perfect” mean? It carries the idea of something being finished or fully grown. It is something that has grown to maturity and has achieved its destination. This is a very different picture. When I think about this, I think about our identity, our dreams, our visions. God has placed these inside of us and He wants to see us be perfect, having achieved all that He has placed inside of us!
The other day, I turned on the sprinklers in my backyard so my kids could run through them. This is our version of a pool! My oldest son Caleb had a hard time finding his swim trunks. Because he couldn’t find the shorts he wanted to wear, he didn’t want to go outside and enjoy the sprinklers. He was mad, angry, upset, sad, frustrated, etc. The entire team he was whining, his sisters were outside having the time of their lives.
Finally, I decided to grab him and make him run outside with me. He started running and having a good time! Soon enough, he forgot all about the shorts! Caleb would have missed a wonderful experience because the conditions weren’t “perfect”.
Let me show you a comparison:
Morality = shorts
Perfection = playing with sprinklers
My goal is to change your idea of what perfection is as it pertains to Christ followers. Morality is not bad! But, we can set up multiple “moral” rules that stop us from experiencing the fullness of all that God has for us! Are you limiting your life to a set of rules and regulations that do not bring joy and actually stunt your growth as a Christ follower?
If so, then be freed! Be freed from your wrong definition of perfection. Be freed from having to accomplish a set of regulations in to achieve “holiness”. An apple is not perfect because it has no spots! An apple is perfect because it has the right combination of texture, taste, and size. It’s the experience that matters!
I give you permission to be perfect today! Enjoy the identity God has given you. Live out the dreams and desires that God has placed inside of you. Accomplish the vision that God has set before you.
If you do so, you WILL be PERFECT.