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It’s Not About Perfection

One of the things people struggle with is moving in their gifts and talents. In the same way, it takes time with Christ to fine-tune them; it is necessary to practice them to make progress. Notice I didn’t say perfection because the idea of being perfect is a disastrous way of thinking. We are not perfect, and trying to appear perfect is detrimental to being the best in what God has called you to be. Jesus doesn’t want you to be perfect in the world or gifts but perfect in love, like Christ; that is what He expects of us.

The Bible tells us that we should strive to love others as Christ loves us and be perfect in our love for others. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, it states, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud. It does not dishonor others; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails.” This verse gives us a perfect example of the love we should strive to attain. It is an unconditional love that does not require anything in return but allows us to love others and be a blessing in their lives.

In addition, Jesus said in Matthew 5:48, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” This shows us that we should strive to be perfect in our love for others, not spiritual gifts or talents or worldly things, just as God loves us perfectly. By loving others as Christ loves us, we bring glory to God and show the world the power of Christ’s love.

As followers of Christ, we live like ambassadors of love, not perfect people, because that mindset leads to pride. It’s ok to accept that we are humans and flawed in every way, and we are not perfect, nor does God ask us to be. Jesus calls and chooses the weak things of the world to confound the wise; that way, people know the power of God to transform. Wisdom is not our truth but God’s power at work in us. Scripture details the truth that aligns with the knowledge and wisdom God gives to us as His followers and disciples.

In 1 Corinthians 1:20-21, Paul says, “where is the Wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him. This verse explains that God doesn’t see well in people who think their understanding is better than his; in fact, God says they don’t know Him at all.

Besides that, verse 21 says God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Similarly, throughout first Corinthians, chapters one and two, God speaks about choosing the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; it is the wisdom of God that changes a man; therefore, the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit power given to us as a follower of Christ is all we need to lead others to the loving arms of our Savior effectively.

While it’s true we must learn to walk in the alignment and giftings, each one of you has a significant calling from Christ, but the one way to straighten the path is to submit to Christ; everything else, like religion and world success, hinders the beautiful things God has called you to do. So don’t complain to the world; God asks us not to be like the world but to love God and each other like brothers.

At the same time, we have difficulties and struggles; even when our calling and gifts are evident, people struggle. We all have challenges, and Jesus is waiting for us to study, practice and do it and whatever it is, practice makes progress. God loves you. You and Jesus can don’t together.

Sister Christine.

C. Brejcha ©️

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