Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Nobody’s Perfect. Right?

Often we say, " Nobody’s perfect. " That's true, but don't you think we sometimes use that as a copout to be less than we could be?

The Bible tells us, "Be holy because I am holy" (Leviticus 19:1-2). If we use the copout "Nobody's perfect" to excuse our less than perfect behavior, our less than acceptable attitudes, our failures and mistakes, we don't take seriously God's call for holy living. But He commands it.

Holy living is a growing process for us. Just as we expect a ten year old to behave better than a two year old, so God expects more of a mature Christian than a new one. But even so, the standard that we are held to is holiness, meaning free of impurity and imperfections.

But the good news is that the One who requires a holy life is the same One who has promised to complete the work he began in us (Philippians 1:6). With the power of God's Spirit dwelling in us, we can come a lot closer to perfection than we ever would think.

I want to encourage all of us to get rid of this copout—"Nobody's perfect"—and adapt a different attitude, namely: "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13). If we stop telling ourselves that we're not perfect, and instead encourage ourselves to be holy, we'll see some remarkable improvements. Let’s go for it!

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