I Am Perfect? By Alf Collins
Perfection is a state that has eluded mankind since the fall of Adam. As humans we are riddled with faults and plagued by our failures to achieve. Competition to be ‘The Best’ is an ongoing struggle within our own self-examinations as we measure ourselves up to others on a daily basis. No one likes failure. No one likes to be told they’re not good enough. No one wakes up in the morning and thinks, “I’m really hoping someone will tell me today what a huge failure I am!” That’s the truth.
Our instinctive reaction is the desire to be commended. To be acknowledged for what we do. The other half of that truth is the fact that we are imperfect and we do live in an imperfect world. We fail and we live in a world where failure is part of everyday life. This point of view is humanistic. We measure one another up by our failures more than we do by our successes. This is human nature.
God, on the other hand, sees us differently. He doesn’t base His interaction with us according to our performance and how poorly we fared. He doesn’t even base it on how well we’ve done. He bases it on the way He sees us, the way He designed us to be, and not as we are. It’s not that He’s blind to our faults, or overlooks and ignores them, it’s because He sees the potential in us as to be that way we should be. He examines the original blueprint and views us as the finished product. And because of this He considers us perfect in His eyes. The idea of this huge Creator King accepting us purely on the basis of His love for us is a mind-blowing concept, and when this idea has taken hold of us, a freedom to rest in Him overwhelms the core of our very beings. We may not be perfect on this side of eternity, but we are considered perfect by the God of eternity, and that’s enough to give us the peace that transcends all understanding.
Perfect Only In Christ,
Alf Collins is a 41 year old male from sunny South Africa living about 45 KM’s from Durban, KwaZulu Natal. He is an aspiring writer in many fields, and a digital artist in learning. His calling is to feed God’s sheep by teaching and preaching the Word through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.