But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Jude 1:20-21
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy - to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 1:24-25
Does anyone else have a nagging desire to be perfect in most areas of life? Or is it just me? I feel as though most people have at least one area where there is a desire to strive for perfection. For me the list tends to either change or grow, depending on the season I am currently in.
When I was growing up the list consisted of sports, athletics, and whatever else could contribute to a good-looking college application. Here now, as an adult the list is quite different. I still try to aim for perfection in basketball because “shooters gotta shoot.” Some additions to the list are: being a perfect husband, finding my perfect job, striving towards a perfect house, and one day having a perfect family.
No pressure, right?
The pursuit of perfection in these areas tends to surface frequently throughout the day. I will catch myself adding more and more pressure to my performance, and the only result I ever get is exhaustion. I have learned there is a 100% chance I will fall short of perfection in all areas of life. Falling short of perfection is a reality we all face due to sin entering into this world.
Thankfully, we are not left to constantly fall short of the mark. While we will never experience perfection in this life, we have the promise of it when we get to be with Jesus forever (1 John 3:2). While we are on the earth, we have a hope in our verses today.
Jesus will present us blameless to God one day. Back in college, I realized how exhausting my pursuit of perfection was, and then I stumbled upon the word blameless. God definitely began to reveal Himself through this word.
God taught me how we will be perfect with Him in Heaven, but I can be blameless now. The pursuit of the blameless life has freed me from the striving of perfection. The definition of blameless is simply: without blame. I put my confidence in being blameless because of the words of Peter, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit…” (1 Peter 3:18).
The access you have to live a blameless life should bring some relief, especially if you pursue perfection as much as I do. The relief comes because God sees us without our blame when we stand before Him. His death and resurrection allows us to be freed from our past, present and future sin, therefore, we stand blameless before our Father.
When it comes to perfection, the only person we have to blame for falling short is ourselves. Sin is the reason we fall short of perfection. I have the honor of teaching children in our elementary school ministry and the way we explain sin to them is anything we think, anything we say, or anything we do that displeases God. Jesus Himself told people listening, and us today, “You therefore must be perfect, as Your heavenly father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
Perfection leads us to a life of pressure and performance; blamelessness leads us to a life of resting in what Jesus did for us. The way we walk the blameless life is by walking with Jesus. As we walk the blameless life, there will be moments when we sin, but those moments are immediately met with grace.
What areas of life do you strive for perfection? What has the result been as you pursued perfection?
Think about the word blameless. What thoughts or feelings do you have regarding this word?
How can pursuing a blameless life free you from striving for perfection?
Father, thank you for grace upon grace. I pray for my view of life. Help me shift from striving for perfection, and rather walk with You in blamelessness. It is only by walking with You that I can be free from my sin, and no amount of striving can change that reality. Thank you for allowing me access to You and Your grace. I love You Father, and pray in Your holy name, Amen.
PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.