What does it mean to be perfect?
Sometimes in life it is very easy to be a perfectionist. You try your hardest to get everything just right. And then circumstances or people somehow get in the way and it feels like everything has gone wrong. It might be that whatever you did was ok, but it wasn’t the best ever.
Actually, this is a really unhelpful way to be. Because people are different and stuff happens, and nothing can ever be totally perfect. We can only ever give our best.
Sometimes people try to be the best Christians ever, and try and try and try to be perfect, and earn their salvation. But it doesn’t work like that. Paul points out that it is a gift. Because of his great love for us, God has made us alive with Christ. (Who is, by the way, sitting at the right hand of God, because of God’s great power). This is what is known as grace.
We don’t need to keep on trying to be the best Christians we ever can because all that needs doing has already been done by Jesus. We’re not saved through what we do, but through what he has done for us. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t love God and love our neighbours and live out the fruit of the Holy Spirit, but what is important has already been done.
Lord God, thank you for the amazing gift you have given us in Jesus. Help us to stop trying to be perfectionists, and instead accept what you have given us and live in the light of that. Amen.
What would change in your life if you stopped being a perfectionist?