Good news for perfectionists! I was reading Hebrews today wondering how I could get my day on the right track in an effort to “live everyday like it’s Sunday”. Now I say this being a recovering perfectionist, but it is not bad to want perfection. In fact at one point our world was beautiful, lacking sin. Unfortunately we never knew life this way. But getting back on track…
Jesus has been teaching me the last few years about inner desires, the ones that come from the spirit. Many times we misinterpret these because we live in the flesh. The need and want to be perfect in the flesh is a dangerous one. However it is the Holy Spirit’s desire to perfect us once He has made us alive again. The only way we are seen as perfect is when we are covered in the perfection of Jesus’ sacrifice.
So the good news for perfectionists? The perfection has already been attained foryou! No longer do you need to perfect yourself in the flesh because by the way this will never happen… But perfection in the spirit has already been attained through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 10 1-4 may seem complicated at first, but when the Holy Spirit showed me that it was simply about perfection, it brought peace to my spirit.
“1 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, andnot the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.”
How fantastic is that? The law is merely a shadow of the good things to come… Not a way to become perfect. Nothing we do can make us perfect, but the sacrifice Jesus did covers us in his perfect, selfless sacrifice.