That's a word that I don't like to hear.
No matter how hard we try, we'll never be perfect, yet many individuals continually strive, thinking that perfection is a thing that can be grasped.
For a long time, I was a perfection junkie, seeking perfection in everything: my grades, friendships, writing, my creative work. And I failed to live up to the perfection I so desperately wanted, I began to feel crushed by the weight of my imperfection.
If my heart longed for perfection, why was I never able to obtain it?
We live in a fallen and broken world. This earth is far from perfect. Bodies can be scarred. Hearts can be broken. Things are far from perfect.
Yet there is a hope and a faith far greater than perfection and far greater than the fear of imperfection.
There has only ever been and only ever will be one perfect, spotless, and righteous one: Jesus.
But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
And when we believe in him, our imperfections, our sin and flaws, are covered by his perfection.
We will still be imperfect in this world, but we can have a hope that we will be made perfect like Jesus in eternity. His perfection is far greater than our fear of imperfection or striving to be perfect.
We can rest today knowing that in this life we will never be perfect. Imperfection is inevitable because of sin, so why fear imperfection? Why not embrace the one that makes us perfect, even in our imperfection?
This post is part of a 31 day series called Faith > Fear. You can read all of the posts here.
Shalom! I'm Madi, a laughter-loving, movie-going, spontaneous-dancing, follower of Christ. Join me as I seek glimpses of God's grace in the ordinary and everyday.
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