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STRIVING FOR PERFECTION

October 8th, 2014 | By admin

by Katt Anderson

Most of us try to be perfect in one way or another. Even thieves want to commit the “perfect” crime and not get caught. We all try to gain perfection in the eyes of our parents, teachers and peers. Everyone wants to be perfect.

Will everyone gain perfection? Probably not. No matter how hard we try, it’s almost impossible to be perfect. The only thing we can do is try, and it’s an ongoing thing. Each day brings us a new slate and we should try to improve ourselves from the day before. Christ made that perfection possible. When He died on the cross, He wiped away the sins of the Jews, but He also made it possible for us to have forgiveness of our sins. You might say through His death, He gave us perfection. Hebrews 10:14 says, “ For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” If we obey what Jesus has instructed us, we can be perfect.

Today many people do not believe in the Bible. It’s taught in schools that God didn’t create the universe, but it was formed by something else. I’m not really up-to-date on what they are teaching today in schools, but I do know they don’t teach God’s creation. Many people do not believe what is taught in the Bible. The Bible is our rule book. We all have to have rules to live by, even the laws of the land have rules.

People will say the Bible is old and we don’t need it anymore, but I disagree. We love old things. We visit old places and are awed by the age of what we are seeing. The Bible is perfect. It has everything in it we need. 2 Timothy 3:16,17 tells us that, “16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Many people today do not believe in Christ. They think Jesus was just a man, but that’s not so. Christ was God’s son and He was perfect. He did not sin, and He taught us how to live our lives through His word. I’m sure it was hard for people to understand all this when Christ was on earth. It’s hard for people to wrap their mind around Christ today. We are a people wanting proof. 1 Timothy 3:16 gives us that proof. “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness. God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit (John 1:14, Matt 3>16), Seen by angels (Matt. 28:2), Preached among the Gentiles (Rom. 10:18), Believed on in the world (Col. 1:6, 23), Received up in glory (Luke 24:51). All of this shows the glory and perfection of Christ.

How am I going to be perfect today? It is possible because through Christ all things are possible. First, you have to hear the word. I’ve been in contact with someone that read the Bible and knew he was wrong in his beliefs. You can read and not actually hear someone speak. In Bible times, I’m sure more was heard than read. Read Romans 10:17. You have to believe that what you are reading is true, Acts 8:37. After that, you must repent of your sins, Luke 13:3. You must realize what you have believed in the past and how you have behaved in the past is wrong. The next step is to confess your sins, Matt 10:32, 33. That’s saying the words that you have sinned. There is no Sinner’s Prayer, but you can know you have sinned and either affirmed that or said, “I have sinned.” The next step is to be baptized or immersed in water. Another way to put it is to be buried in water and your sins are forgiven, Romans 6:9, Acts 2:38. After that you must live a faithful life, Revelations 2:10. Yes, we will falter on our life’s journey, but we have prayer to forgive us of our sins. The perfect love of Christ will forgive us and blot those sins from the Book of Life. That’s perfection!

 

 


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