Another long day has finally come to an end. You lay your head on the pillow and think, “Today was such an amazing day. I have such a perfect life!”. What? Not your average day? Maybe you can’t remember the last time you had that thought.
Some of you believe your life is so far from perfect that you’ll never see perfection in your lifetime.
But maybe I can help you see it a little differently.
Most of us would define perfection as follows:
a: being entirely without fault or defect :flawless <a perfect diamond>
b: satisfying all requirements :accurate
These definitions are certainly accurate and I would agree that they are impossible to achieve in our earthly lives. We can’t satisfy all the requirements that each day holds, and living in a sinful world we can’t possibly be flawless. But there’s another definition that caught my eye:
d : faithfully reproducing the original; specifically : letter-perfect
Now THAT is reachable perfection, even in our earthly lives! For we have a perfect example to follow and emulate. When Jesus Christ left a perfect Heaven and came to earth to live as a man He faced stuggles just like ours and never sinned. As we faithfully follow Jesus we also become perfect.
We also have promises from God’s word:
Hebrews 10:5 tells us: “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
When we allow Christ to work through us we have His promise that we are perfect. In His eyes we are already perfect as we trust in Him and allow Him to make us holy.
James 1:17 tells us: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
The perfection God promises us doesn’t mean that every day will be a great day by earthly standards.
The perfection God promises doesn’t mean that we won’t struggle.
But the perfection God promises means that when we lay our heads on the pillow each night we can be satisfied that in His eyes we are already perfect.
And that’s a peace we all can use at the end of another long day.