Friday, January 23, 2009

Doomed to Perfection

As if.

No one.. I repeat.. NO ONE is perfect. You could probably think of someone right now that seems perfect in your eyes, but they’re not. Or perhaps you think you are. Forgive me, but don’t kid yourself. How do I know?

Not only do we live in an imperfect world thanks to sin, but also the word perfect itself tells us. Perfect signifies that our whole life has been good and without fault from the very start. I’d like to see a show of hands for anyone who has had a perfect upbringing and made all the right decisions every step of the way..?

No one? Didn’t think so. I know I haven't.

Another thing “perfect” tells us is that to be perfect is to be good. This makes sense. In Genesis 1, God created everything good -us, very good. When we fell, we were separated from that good. Seems only natural that perfect is what we must go back to. And look around. Not a lot of perfect going on here.

The only perfect person that has ever been on this earth was Jesus. And the Bible as well as extra biblical history shows it in what He did and who He was. In Him, and ONLY in Him can we ever even attempt to be perfect/good.

And that’s the thing with perfection. We may not be perfect to begin with, but we can try to be thanks to God. By being and doing good, these are some ways we can do it. But I need to stress that as followers of Christ, and only as such, do we have the tools necessary to truly do so. Without Him, us trying to be perfect and good is meaningless. And without Him, there is no one to pick us up when we fall, which we will.

Also, when we are walking straight, it shows. We stand out like sore thumbs.. just not as red and puffy. lol

The Bible says, “..children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.” I want to shine like a star. Don’t you? I want people to look at me and know there is something different about me. If we aren’t trying to be who God wants us to be -perfect as He is perfect- and instead giving into what the world wants us to be like, how can we expect to do this? Everyone wants to be like the world! Personally, it’s getting very old. Better to be different than carbon copies of each other. And people think God made us robots. Ha! No. Man is the only culprit behind that one.

Lets choose to be different and try to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God, not man. After all, God sees all, especially our hearts. Man doesn’t. And before him is the only place that it matters.

Take my word for it... There is no greater adventure or harder journey than to be different. But it's so worth it. :)

~L. Pierce

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