The Pursuit of Perfection in an Imperfect World

Posted on June 23, 2019 at 9:20 AM

I must confess that I am a very flawed individual. Yet I find myself, far to often, being critical of others and their imperfections. Yes, I am more than willing to make allowances, or at least excuses for my own mistakes, but when it comes to others, well that’s a different story. It is so easy to see their foolish decisions. The answers to their problems seem so obvious. I can’t help but wonder, “what is wrong with them?” “Why can’t they make better decisions?” “Why would they do something that is so foolish?” Yes, I find it very easy to have a critical spirit when it comes to others, but when it comes to myself, I want grace and mercy.

You know it is funny the way we are. Yes, I know that this attitude is wrong but the simple truth is that knowing that something is wrong does not necessarily change what we do, or how we respond to things. No, we are all very imperfect beings, living in an imperfect world. We all desire perfection, we all strive for perfection, but we seldom have this desire satisfied. But why are we this way? Why do young people dedicate their childhood to the hope of becoming an olympic athlete? Why do we have the olympic games every year to determine the best athletes in the world? Why do we spend so much time and money on things like beauty pageants and other competitions? Perhaps it is simply another one of our flaws, a desire to have what we know we can never have. Or perhaps it is something else.

I cannot help but believe that our desire for perfection goes back to our creation, it is a desire for the things that we lost when sin entered into our world. According to the Bible, the simple truth is that when God created man He created us in His own image, and part of that was absolute perfection. Adam and Eve were perfect people living in a perfect world and now, deep down we want to get it back, we want to have everything restored. The good news is that for those who are God’s children we will someday get just that! God will restore all things, including us! We will need no more excuses, we will be, at last, the way that God intended us to be!

- Pastor Tim

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