I Am Perfect!
Have you achieved perfection? Can you say this with me? I…Am…Perfect!
Something just goes in sideways, doesn’t it? If you want to know what true perfection is and how to achieve it, then here’s how.
First, let’s define true perfection. We have been bombarded for so long by the world’s idea of perfect that we seriously can’t bring ourselves to even think we could be. I recently taught at a Women’s Conference about the struggle we have trying to measure up to the world’s definition of perfection. I showed them a poster of an ad for a major retailer with a tall, beautifully tanned young woman in a tight-fitting black dress. She had long, flowing wavy hair. Her eyes were gorgeous and her face flawless. Her skin was smooth and without blemish and even her feet in little strappy sandals looked perfect! I asked the question,
“What if you wanted to go on vacation to paradise and the cost was physical perfection?
How many of us would be able to pay the world’s price?”
Certainly not me. I was born with Irish pale skin with some Cherokee Indian spots scattered about. Most people think these are freckles, but nope…I prefer to say that’s my Indian skin from my momma’s side of the family.
On top of that, I have coarse white hair that miraculously turns blonde every 3 weeks or so. About 20 pounds of extra weight affords me some unwanted love handles and arm flab. I’m 5’4″ so I’ve never had long thin legs like the supermodels and my face is reaching 60 years’ worth of worrying and fretting, producing plenty of lines and wrinkles.
I could buy the sexiest dress, pay a plastic surgeon to stretch my face back out, and put on a long, flowing wig of lustrous hair, and I would just look like I was dressing up for Halloween. Perfect? Not in a million years!
Conclusion #1: The world’s definition of perfect is ridiculous!
According to the world then, physical perfection is definitely not achievable for me. But let’s change the cost and say the price to paradise was spiritual perfection? Could I afford it then? Let’s take a look.
I was born with impatience. I know because momma told me so. I’ve never quite gotten the hang of being patient in a grocery line or behind a slow driver. If we walk into a store and it’s a madhouse, my husband will very gently take my elbow in hand and lovingly whisper in my ear, “Calm down. We’ve got all day. No need to be in a hurry.” But see, to me, time is not the issue. When you’re impatient, you simply don’t like to wait. It’s get in and get out with no obstacles in your way. Doesn’t matter if I’m in a hurry or not. I just don’t want to go slow! Since I’m pretty sure patience is a gift from God’s Spirit, to be impatient means I’m lacking in spiritual perfection, so let’s try something else.
I might be…just maybe slightly…quick tempered when it comes to bad customer service or incompetent hospital staff. Those two things don’t go together, but nothing will set my teeth on edge quicker than talking to a person on the phone or behind a counter that absolutely missed the training that the customer is ALWAYS right or they are rude and condescending. It’s also hard for me to stand by and watch incompetent nursing staff or physicians who don’t have the time of day to care for my loved one as they should. I think excellent nurses and caring doctors should have a very honored place in heaven. There were some who took care of my sister before she passed away that should get into heaven for free! And then there were others who…well, let me move on.
Needless to say, I forget sometimes that Christians are supposed to love and that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. Yeah, it’s looking like I missed out on the spiritual perfection, as well.
Conclusion #2: Spiritual perfection is too hard for me to reach.
Do you struggle with not feeling good enough?
I’m figuring you are in the same boat, right? You probably don’t have to think very long for why you don’t measure up either. The point of this article is not to make us feel worse, but to show why we are in desperate need of saving. God has created a paradise called heaven. At the end of our lives, we can go there, but the bottom line is that the price for paradise or heaven is spiritual perfection. There’s no evil there, which means no sinful person will be allowed in. Makes sense to me. I don’t want to go if there are murderers or liars there, but that also leaves out my impatience and quick temper. If that’s the case, then how will we ever pay the price so God will allow us into our eternal home?
Have you ever had someone pay for your dinner or had a friend give you a gift they saw in a store that reminded them of you? Doesn’t that feel good? I love color and because my daughter knows me so well, her gifts to me are usually very colorful and bright. And then there was the time, my kids gave my kitchen and bathroom a makeover. I went out of town and came home to an updated kitchen with a gorgeous tile mosaic of a bright yellow sun behind my stovetop. Every time I cooked in that kitchen, I felt so special and loved. It’s a huge blessing when someone goes out of their way to bless us.
How about someone paying for your vacation?
I remember years ago when my kids’ dad and stepmom paid for them to go on a cruise to Cancun, Cozumel, and Honduras. There were 14 people in all! Wow, what an extravagant gift.
Well, guess what? Someone has paid the price for you to go to paradise. God is not like the world! Both demand perfection, but the difference is God didn’t set this impossible standard and leave us without hope. He did something about it. He sent His Son, who is perfect, to come to earth and pay our way. Jesus left heaven and lived on earth without every sinning. The Bible says this about Him in 1 John 3:5 –
“You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.”
Jesus exchanged our imperfection with his perfection. At the end of your life, how will you get to heaven? By accepting His payment! God determined the cost and then gave us the money to pay for it.
Solution: There is only one way to achieve perfection.
Hide your life in Jesus. Colossians 3:3 says,
“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
If you have accepted Jesus’ death in payment for your sins, then you are now perfect in the eyes of God. Whenever you turn your face toward heaven to cry out for help or pray for others, God sees Jesus’ perfection reflecting back and says, “Come into my arms, my child, and tell me what you need.”
If you want to achieve perfection in God’s eyes, it only takes a moment to ask Jesus to come into your life and declare you perfect. You can read more about how to do this in My Story.
Maybe you’ve accepted Jesus’s gift, but you still struggle with feeling imperfect in either how you look physically or how you measure up spiritually. The truth is not one single person deserves heaven, but that’s why it’s called the Good News! It doesn’t depend on you. God wants you to see yourself as He sees you, perfected through His Son.
If you can realize today that He created you with special gifts and talents and you are beautiful and perfect in His sight, then congratulations! You have achieved perfection.
Now, let’s say it again. I…Am…Perfect because of Jesus!