Entry #024 Praying to be Perfect
“Nobody’s perfect. I’m only human.” We often say this as an excuse for our shortcomings, and to explain away our failures. But we are perfect; we are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. As believers, our position in heaven is constant; we are justified by faith through grace. When God looks at us, He chooses to look beyond our faults and failures to see us made perfect like His Son. Jesus took all the punishment for sin for us so that we came be made perfect in God’s sight. All of our sins past, present and future are covered under His blood. Now we can boldly have a relationship with God without shame and condemnation. Jesus did a perfect work to secure our perfect position with God. But our behavior and lifestyles tends to not match our position. We often have such self-hatred that we try to change how we look on the outside, or we put things in our bodies that can be detrimental to our health. Going beyond basic self- improvement, people try to change their skin color, alter their body types or even change themselves to the complete opposite of what they are. Filled with guilt, fear and shame, people often do personal physical harm with self- inflected wounds or with legal and illegal substance abuse. It is not possible to live a perfect life here in this fallen, sinful world on our own. The best we can do is to strive toward perfection. We can work out our salvation by utilizing the gifts and talents God put inside of us to benefit others. All that we know to do, we can do, and we can constantly be studying and growing in grace. We can ask God for help, strength and guidance, and master walking in the way He reveals to us. We can be perfect in love; for God is Love, and perfect love casts out all fear. We can have perfect faith; for if we believe correctly we will eventually behave correctly. If we believe the truth about the gospel of grace, we will begin to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. We can have perfect hope, a daily expectation of God’s goodness. We can hope against hope, and against all odds, knowing that we are more that conquerors through Jesus Christ. For in the end, we win. So praying to be perfect is not dependent upon own knowledge, experience, skills, or education. It is depending on a perfect God, to manifest His perfect will in our lives, so that we can ultimately be perfect like His Son.