The Fallacy of Perfection: Don’t Fall for It

A golden sunrise, turquoise waters revealing toes on a white sandy bottom, a kelly green manicured lawn, even a dozen smooth eggs in a carton. All images of perfection that give a sense of ease. Perfection gets a bad rap, but when you find it you find its completeness comforting.

Maybe that’s why seven is the number of perfection and completion in Scripture.

Don't fall for the temptation to be perfect, but if you do, I know a Savior.

Here’s the thing. Those images I described, as beautiful as they, are aren’t perfect because they’re part of a fallen world brought about by two people who fell reaching for perfection.

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… Romans 3:23

And thanks to them we still hanker for it, though painfully aware we don’t have it. The perfection we desire is in God’s glory. And because we fall short of it, He sent His Son to save us.

When we reach for the mark of perfection and miss it, because we will, Jesus swoops down to catch us while falling. Jesus saves.

Salvation from eternal hell is grace and miracle enough, but every day Jesus saves you from yourself. Calling you to rest in His perfection instead of striving for your own.

So, don’t fall for the fallacy of perfection, but if you do, Jesus will save you.

Good Old Hot Potato

My sons have prepared enough bowls of cereal to know that flaky corn cereal gets soggy very soon after adding milk. Yet they added the milk before their little sister came to the kitchen. When they were all seated I heard the all too familiar, “What!  Why are you looking at me like that?”  My oldest sneered, “It’s your fault.”

Yep, you guessed it. He blamed his sister for the poor decision he made. That’s nothing new is it (ever hear of Adam and Eve)?  But why?  Why do we blame other people for our poor decisions?

Condemnation. 

Your outcome has you feeling bad about yourself. NO ONE likes that feeling and you want to do anything to get from under it. So you toss the blame to someone else, the meanest game of Hot Potato.  They’re the bad guy. Whew!  It’s off me!

Condemnation is the worst gift to give. That’s why God gave us the very opposite…

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Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…Romans 8:1, NIV

In Christ you are no longer under condemnation; no more dread, crushing guilt, and the fear of retribution. Your mistakes, big or small, silly or plain stupid, paid for exhaustively by Jesus. Instead of shifting blame, use the opportunity to worship Jesus for the completeness of His work at the cross. The width, length, depth and height of it, that left nothing undone.

 

 

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