Perfection: The condition, state or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects.
The English root word fect, means to make or do. Therefore if something is perfect, it can not be made or done any better than it’s current state.
With these definitions in front of us, what is your view of perfection? Is the need for perfection constantly a driving force in your life? What does it make you do? How does it make you act? How does it affect your opinion of yourself and others? How is it influencing your relationships with God and other people? Take a minute and really think about these questions.
The pursuit of perfection is a great motivator to be and perform at your best and we all want that. Right? In fact, God instructs us to posture our lives toward a mindset of perfection.
Colossians 3:23- Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not human masters.
However, on the flip side, we are told that do not have the ability to be perfect.
Romans 3:10- As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one.”
The word righteous means virtuous, very good or excellent.
This is a lot of information, but please hang in there! We are striving to be something that is free from flaws or defects, yet God is saying we are not even very good. That reality is deep.
As with so many other things in the Christian life, it is not a matter of our actions, it is a matter of the heart. God wants us to have a heart that is bent toward doing everything to the best of our ability. At the same time, though, He acknowledges that none of us are very good or excellent, so He knows that whatever we do will not be perfect…..and He is ok with that. He knows the truth that we have yet to process or accept.
Perfection belongs to God. Perfection belongs to God!
It is not ours. We can not have it no matter how hard we try. If we believe that we can, we are believing a lie straight from Satan. We can not achieve perfection, nor does God expect it from us. So the real question is why does the creation (you and me) require more than the Creator does? If God is good with us not being perfect, then why aren’t we good with that?
Could it be that in our secret heart, we are trying to live out our Christianity based on works? Do not be ashamed right now! If this is you, you are so not alone! I have spent the majority of my life living this way. I thought if I didn’t try to be as perfect as possible there was no way God would ever look at me and smile. He would not have good things planned for me. He would not move in my life or hear my prayers. Even worse, if a loving God would not do all of these things if I wasn’t perfect, then I didn’t stand a chance with my fellow man unless I was really perfect.
Perfection can become an idol, my friends. Perfection can lead us to hold it in a high regard and show honor to it. That is an act of worship. Truthfully, perfection is such a strong lifestyle decision that I do not know that you can strive for it without it becoming an idol.
However, like all idols, perfection really only brings misery. We can not obtain it, so we start to feel like a failure. Therefore, the chase for perfection eventually leads to poor self esteem. Poor self esteem can lead us to allow certain things into our lives that we would have never allowed with a healthy view of ourselves and how God views us. The presence of these things can lead to destructive decisions…… You see how this vicious cycle goes on and on. It is like a snowball rolling downhill. We can end up being a completely miserable mess all because we tried to be something that we were never expected to be in the first place.
You are never going to be perfect on your own merit and God has known that since the beginning of time. That is why His precious Son came to die on the cross for our sins. So that we could be as white as snow and perfect in the eyes of our Father if we only accept Him into our hearts. If you have already done that, then throw off the burden of perfection because you are already there! God sees you as flawless! Start living in that freedom! Perfection belongs to God, so do your best and forget about the rest!