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18 March, 2014

Perfection Isn't the Goal- Jesus Is!

This is such a short and sweet post from the Ransomed Heart Devotion book.

Here is why I love it. The writer knows exactly what true Salvation is about.
His grace keeps filling you up while you are changing from glory to glory.
You are more merciful because you are acquiring slowly but surely those melting affections and well-matured gentleness and will, which are also Christ’s characters.

You are no longer bound to sin: Of my Lord, this is so good. Here the freedom from sin fills your soul. You have been crucified with Him and nothing else lives in you, but your redeemer. One of the beauties of being freed from sin, is that “you do not have to sin” – This is why I said in one my post this year, that when you sin, you can tell it is no longer coming from the same place when you were slave to sins

When we can see the work the Holy Spirit is doing within, Christianity truly becomes exciting. There is joy to contemplate the mystery of this life as He work out His life in us. 


Jesus is inviting us to relax into the beauty he has bestowed upon us and cease striving to attain a level of smooth perfection that looks wonderful on a doll or on a magazine cover but is not attainable in the living, breathing realm of humanity. God does not tell us that the goal is perfection. Perfection in any vital area of our life is not going to happen. There, I said it. Now, we can improve. We can grow. We can become more loving, more grace filled, more merciful. We are no longer bound to sin, slaves to its din of temptation. We are still going to sin. But we don’t have to. The secret is Jesus.

Our hope doesn’t rest on our finally getting it together. Our hope rests in Jesus. Jesus in us. It’s Christ in us, the hope of glory. Paul says, “To them God chose to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). We won’t be perfect on this side of heaven. But Jesus is perfect. Always. We are becoming more holy and true. Jesus already is. His name isn’t “Becoming.” It is “I AM.” Perfection isn’t the goal. Jesus is.