If you want to be perfected, it won’t come through your blood, sweat, and tears. It comes through grace alone through faith alone. It’s not Jesus plus your effort. It’s Jesus plus nothing. Here’s the most important decision you can make to overcome perfectionism…
Accept the perfect love of Christ over your perfect performance.
We know we’re not perfect. We know by now the theory of evolution is wrong. If it were true, we would all be angels. But none of us has wings or halos. Instead of evolving into superhumans, we tend to devolve. Just look at the 20th century, a time of incredible innovation – air travel, the Model T, radio, television, refrigerator, and lightbulb. But it quickly turned into a century of violence and bloodshed. Right when man thought he could build a Utopia, we had World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. Sin is alive and well in every human heart.
Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
We all need grace like we need air. When there was no hope, God came to our planet in the person of Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect, sinless life. No one has done that before or since – tempted in every way yet without sin.
He went to the cross and died, not just to show his love, but to be a sacrifice for the sins of all the world. He bore the punishment for our sins in our place on the cross.
Hebrews 10:12; 14 – But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God…For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
The New Testament says by faith we are “in Christ.” When you get in Costco, as a member, you get all the Costco benefits. Everything that Costco has to offer is now yours, including the food at the free tasting stations! When you are in Christ, everything Jesus has to offer is yours, including his righteous record. The perfect record of Jesus becomes ours. Before God, we stand in the spotless righteousness of Jesus Christ, the righteousness of another.
Some of you are still living under the Old Covenant. Instead of bringing a sacrifice, you lay on the altar and kill yourself every day, every week for not living up to someone’s standards. Receive the perfect, spotless righteousness of Jesus. Live in it. Swim in it. Enjoy it. Sing about it. Celebrate it. Run around and declare, “I am loved! I am loved! I am a loved child of God, and nothing will ever change that! I do not have to work anymore to earn God’s approval. I am loved!”
1 John 3:1 – See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!