It is a common thing to hear people say, “no one is perfect” or “perfection is not possible.” I respectfully disagree according to the word of God AKA The Holy Bible. I am, however, sympathetic to what these people are saying because of the false representation of perfection that has been presented around the world. I call it plastic living and it represents everything generic.
Let’s talk about plastic living.
Barbie Dolls are great example of plastic living. These long haired, long legged, perky everything, razor thin, painted faced, long lashed, icons are marketed to girls around the world as a marker of feminine perfection. In reality these proportions would be medical disasters that would result in women with back conditions as well as other medical issues. In other words, Barbie’s body is what a woman with medical issues would look like. Woman have gotten plastic surgery In recent years women world wide are resisting false sense of perfection and requesting better and more diverse examples of feminine beauty.
In Education perfection means getting everything right on testing. I am concerned about this because students are being taught to recall information and not to apply that information or question it’s validity in their lives. I know countless college graduates who went into their field of interest only to have to unlearn everything that they were taught in school. A student may get a perfect score on a test, but does that mean that they are a perfect scholar? I say absolutely not.
Church people can also be an example of plastic living, presenting false perfection in their religious dress and speech. You may have seen that church man who has on the 10 piece suit and cologne or the church woman with the biggest hat and fanciest shoes or the wealthy giver with the giant checks or the loud singer that knows every lyric or the shouter that shouts in and out of the church. These people may be authentic, but it isn’t their appearance that guarantees it. For people that are just coming into the church they may feel the need to look and act like these people in order to be “Holy.” Does clothing make you holy? I should say not.
What is similar in all of these instances? I believe that all of these false representations of perfection are a lie parading itself as the truth. Barbie is a false representation of what a woman should look like. Perfect grades can be a false representation of true scholarship and competence. Church posturing can be a false sense of holiness.
Now let’s talk about true perfection according to the word of God
Question: Does God really want perfection from me?
Answer: Jesus said in Mathew 5:48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
Question: Why does God want perfection from us?
Answer: In James 1:4 “But let patience have her perfect work, hat ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing
Question: No one is perfect right?
Answer: In Genesis 6:9 “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”
In Job 1:1 “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job: and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil,”
Question: How am I supposed to become perfect?
Answer: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
In 1 Peter 5:10 “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
Because of this we can see that perfection is being “throughly furnished unto all good works.” My perfection is in my complete submission to God’s word in my life. To sum it up perfection should be the goal of every Christian and it is found in total submission to God’s word in our lives. Find your purpose and find your perfect!
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