Perfection is not only the lifeline of Christianity, but the downfall. You see, perfection is something we rely on. We serve a perfect God who sent His perfect Son to live a perfect life. Without perfection, Christianity itself would crumble. However, perfection is something we also rely on too much. Some of us think we have to be perfect before we can come to Christ. Some think that once we come to Christ, we will become perfect. With these expectations of perfection, Christianity itself will crumble.
I believe that whether we’ve never had a relationship with Christ or if we’ve just been led astray, we are scared to approach Him because we think we have to be perfect for God to accept us. That’s just the enemy telling you that you’re not good enough. God wants you right where you are. Beaten, broken, depressed, it doesn’t matter. The Bible says that if you draw near to God, He will draw near to you. God isn’t looking for a bunch of perfect people, but for a bunch of broken people that He can love perfectly.
“Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.” – Billy Graham
Even though I have accepted Christ as my Lord and even rededicated my life to being a Follower of Jesus, I still mess up. I still fall into sin. When I do I feel guilty and like I’m being a disappointment to God. However, I don’t think the fall in itself is what disappoints Him. I believe it’s when we choose to stay down there, covered in guilt and continuing to sin, instead of picking ourselves back up and realigning ourselves with Him. We have to realize that there’s only one thing that can relieve us from guilt and that’s grace. Grace alone is proof that God never expected us to be perfect. We aren’t sinners because we sin, we sin because we’re sinners. God knows and understands that we’re sinners. That’s why He sent Jesus.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Perfection isn’t our goal, perfection is our Savior.