Perfection – Revisited and Updated

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This particular post goes back to July of 2018. Reading through it again, I found it ironic how four years ago, some things change and others, not so much. If anything, my dependency on Jesus has deepened and the reality of my dependency on and in Jesus is clearer. Yesterday morning, as I drove into work and the sun was just slowly rising, it struck me how presumptuous we are, to think that we, His creation, can deny, argue and disagree with God. There has been, but one shining light in all of recorded history and that shining light is Jesus. In all that He said and all that He did. And His message is clear, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NASB. And Acts 4:12 NASB which reads: “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Jesus is Lord. There is none other.
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I had a dream last night where I saw the perfect Christian post. It had a short title and it was made clear to me that it needed nothing extra added, in fact, it was the simplicity of the title and the post itself that was key. And in my dream I marvelled on how precise the message was and how this post would cut through all the smoke and mirrors and hit home where others might not. The only problem is I can’t remember what it said. I think the title had three words. I just wish I could remember what they were.

The last couple of days I’ve been reading through 1st and 2nd Peter, 1-2-3 John and Jude.

A lot of times, when I’m reading the Bible, I pray as God’s Holy Spirit brings things to my mind. Yesterday I was made aware of all the things that God does in the background for me, that I often am not aware of. How He will bring things about so that my deficiencies are offset. So I thanked Him for that, for knowing me as I am and even taking that into consideration so that what He wants for me is accomplished and the damage my deficiencies can cause, to both myself and others, are diminished (God’s grace).

I’ve asked for knowledge and understanding many times, I’ve even indicated that I need Him to keep it simple for me so that I can comprehend what He wants me to know. But it isn’t just the knowing, it’s also the doing. And the closer I get to Him, the more I realize that there is yet so much of me that hasn’t been brought into line with who He is and what His will is. In spite of my best efforts, it seems I am frequently reminded of where I fall short. It could be the unkind or impatient words that may come out of my mouth, the thoughts that may enter my mind from things that I see and hear or the motivation of my heart to do more.

I am acutely aware that this process, where imperfection becomes perfect, never ends while we are in these bodies. We are in the process of being made holy, like God is and yet while we are going through this process, we are indeed sanctified, set apart, as one of His flock (Hebrews 10:14 NIV). And we are sanctified because of our faith in Him and who He is and what He has done for us, that we in ourselves could never do.

When Jesus said that without Him we could do nothing (John 15:5 NIV), He wasn’t kidding. And when the Apostle Paul says (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV) that the Lord said “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” he wasn’t kidding either. It is only as we acknowledge our weaknesses to Him, and turn to Him as the source of our strength, that we grow in Him.

And, most importantly of all, He loves us (Romans 8:38-39 NIV). And knowing me as I was and as I am, that boggles my mind. Yet our faith, our trust, our reliance is in Jesus, exactly as our Father has willed it. And we love Him, how could we not.

Maybe the title of the perfect post is “Jesus is Lord“.
Maybe the text of the perfect post is “Jesus is Lord“.

Because when you really stop to think about it, that does say it all.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

4 comments

  1. As I read this I can feel that familiar frustrations of human imperfections, and the continuous surrendering of them to Him. His Grace is truly Amazing brother, it blows my tiny mind every day. Our only response can be to worship and serve Him the best we can with what we have, knowing that someday we will have a better body to praise Him with. May you and your family be blessed in Him today Bruce.

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    • Hi Alan, you’re absolutely right! I was feeling a little down and alone this morning, so I prayed to God and asked Him in His mercy to touch me as only He can do. And then I thought of doing a repost and I found this one, and in the process, I myself was lifted and my prayer answered. Hard to put into words but it is both humbling and beautiful. We all walk the same path and we all share of His love and compassion. You are dearly loved by God, Alan, I see it in all that you write. God’s continued grace, peace and blessings to you and yours, as always. Love in Christ – Bruce

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  2. I feel the frustration Alan speaks of as well, Bruce. Just this morning, before I read this post, I prayed to God in a bit of dismay, 🙏”Heavenly Father, do I even know you at all?” The fact is, I’m been friends with God since I was nine and was called (by Him) into a deeper walk at fifteen. But this world is such an evil place! It pulls one like a 🧲 magnet. After, my little plea of a prayer, I felt the Holy Spirit say, “Yes, you are mine, son.” I tell this story only to share how you are not the only one who feels the way you do. Thank you for sharing, Bruce. God Bless!

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    • I know what you mean, David. Felt the same way this morning, myself. All I need is that little confirmation and I’m OK. Just seemed to be totally void this morning and that is unusual. Prayed about it and then the repost got put together and I was OK again. Hard to always put into words but the witness of God’s Holy Spirit is there and I am thankful! You have yourself a blessed day, David and thank you!

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