Insight from a Children's Pastor & Awana Commander

Stop Trying to be Perfect!

The one thing that has “bugged” me about God, is if He is perfect, why did He create such an imperfect being as me (speaking of mankind in general as well). Didn’t He know we wouldn’t follow Him? Didn’t He know we would do vile and despicable things? Didn’t He know we would turn our backs on Him? Why would He create something that would so despise Him that He would send His Son for them knowing that He would be killed in a brutal fashion by His own creation? Why?

Then one day it hit me, literally, like a ton of bricks. HE KNEW and He still created us. It has to be a part of His master plan! Hebrews 2:5-9 tells us that Jesus was made a little lower than the angels for a time (while on Earth) so He could taste death for everyone. So we are lower than the angels. It is generally accepted that 1/3 of the angels fell with Satan. With that knowledge, God must have known that greater than 1/3 of mankind would reject Him as well. (Making an assumption since we are lower than angels and they having seen God turned their backs on Him). So even as believers, we must realize that a large population will reject God and we have to accept that it is their decision to do so.

The Bible also repeatedly tells us that we are not perfect (Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:23, etc). So stop trying to be perfect, we will NEVER attain it! Expect mistakes to be made because that is how we were created.

Now please don’t get me wrong, we should not strive for mistakes. Just as Romans 6 reminds us that we should not sin that grace may abound, we should not make mistakes so grace may abound either. We should strive to do our best, but not become burdened if we fail.

I put together a PPT presentation put to music for an Awana closing program. As a person in the seat in front turned around and shared how nice it was, I couldn’t help but think that it was 1/2 second off with the transitions and the music synching the way I wanted it. Why was I so upset by that? No one else even noticed!

Once you understand that we were created to fail, and that Jesus is our only way to perfection, then it opens up an understanding of others when they fail and let us down. A new understanding of why God’s grace is so great. This basic thought has been transformational for me personally.

So stop trying to be perfect, you will never make it. Just do your best, and let God do the rest. After all, that’s the way He made you.




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