There’s no shortage of hurt in this world, it’s literally everywhere you look, both externally and internally. And as I read through many articles and posts that other people write, especially in young people, I can’t help but see the pain and wounds that abound. So many are looking for love, acceptance and understanding and how to plot a course in which they may go.
The thing is, there is no love like God’s love, never has been, never will be anything that compares to the love that emulates from Him. And yet, for so many, going to God, so that He can do what only He can do, so often, never happens, or is a last resort.
But those are just words you say, a change in mind set and you would be right because that is part of it, but it’s only part of it like a new mother loves her new born child. It truly goes so much deeper than that.
Are there any perfect mothers? Are there any perfect fathers? Are there any perfect children? We may think we may know the answer to these questions but in truth, when we go deep, through all the different layers of emotions and feelings that we are all susceptible to, there really is but one answer. Maybe close in some circumstances but definitely not perfect, never perfect.
Perfect means without exception. Perfect means that the welfare of the recipient always takes precedence over our own welfare. And there is a reason for that lack of perfection within us and the reason is, we are not God. God our heavenly Father, is Holy, unwavering, unchanging, forever constant.
There are truths in God’s Holy Scriptures that we often fail to grasp. Unchanging truths, that, as long as we live within these physical bodies, will not and cannot change.
Psalm 14:3 NASB
“They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.
We’re not talking about what humanity views as “good”, what is being noted here is what God sees as good, the kind of good that He is, as in always, as in without exception.
And that “not even one” part, that would be you and that would be me. Now, here, today. And it matters not whether we are professing Christians, Muslims or Atheists. Everyone, without exception, is in the same boat. In and of ourselves, without Jesus Christ, we are not what God calls “good”. We are different from God and God is different from us.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
There are three portions of Holy Scripture I would like you to read:
1 John 2(yes, it is the whole chapter)
Our “perfection” is in Christ.
Our “righteousness” is in Christ.
Jesus was and is the Lamb of God without blemish.
2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
The answer to our imperfections has never been a “better” you.
The answer to our constantly changing emotions has never been a “more stable” you.
The answer to our desire for peace of mind has never been a “better grounded” you.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
(John 3:6) Jesus said that.
The answer, according to God’s Holy Word is not a better “us”, but rather Jesus living in us more than us living in us. We die and He lives. We are baptized in Him, we die in Him and we are raised in Him.
Our source of contentment, peace and freedom is literally Jesus living in us, day by day, hour by hour and minute by minute. Do any professing Christians do that perfectly? No, I don’t think so. I don’t believe that absolute perfection in this body that we live in, is the ultimate goal that God has in mind, I’m thinking it’s the relationship through God’s grace that we establish and develop with Jesus along our journey, in this life that we have been given, that is God’s ultimate goal. Christ is being formed within us while we yet walk in these earthly bodies. We are absolutely complete in Him and at the same time He is being formed within us. That I think, is the ultimate goal God has in mind. The Apostle Paul said he hadn’t reached perfection but he pressed on (Philippians 3:12). And that is what any earnest Christian does, we press on, or at least, we should be “pressing on”.
None of this is easy. Raising a child isn’t easy, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. God is our parent, we are His children. When we are fortunate enough to have been given loving parents, we learn to love and appreciate them. God loves us much more than our earthly parents could ever do. That is a fact. And then, just to make it a little clearer for us, God our heavenly Father actually sent us His Son.
John 3:16-21 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
Matthew 11:29 ESV
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
God’s answer to the problem that we all inherently face is not a better “us”, because even a “better” us, ultimately falls short of God’s holiness. God’s answer is His Son, Jesus the Christ.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!