the day God made you perfect
Most married couples will tell you that there is no such thing as perfection. They may be happily married and at peace with one another, but they will quickly say that the “perfect” marriage simply isn’t possible. Perhaps, based on your own experiences, you agree with them. Perhaps you have even advised a single or two to save themselves time by not looking for perfection, because it doesn’t exist.
That, however, isn’t necessarily true.
God has a way of creating perfection. Now, don’t mistake me – this perfection may not be what you’re expecting, and depending on your circumstances, it may be hard to reach and even harder to remain in.
But here is a biblical principle that is especially important now, when the world at large seems as far from perfect as possible. Because God is perfect (Deuteronomy 32:4; 2 Samuel 22:31; Psalm 119:96), by definition everything He does is perfect as well. This means that perfection in your life, in my life, in our churches, in our marriages, in our families is attainable. Not because we have everything we want and never have problems, but because God is perfect, and if He is your life breath, you will find yourself living in His perfection. Your circumstances may not change, but how you view them will.
What Satan did
The issue is that we have an enemy who wants us to live as far from freedom as possible. He’s wanted this from the beginning, when he saw that God had created two people who were, in every sense of the term, absolutely perfect. God shaped them with His fingers. They were lovely in form and in spirit and carried His likeness in a way that possibly no one has experienced other than Jesus Himself. They walked in perfect union with Him and carried His authority.
So Satan worked to deceive them, and by the end of the day, human perfection had become nothing but legend. Death and sin entered into what God had designed to be only for Himself, and needless to say, the earth and everything upon it began to warp.
What God did
For millennia, Satan ruled seemingly unhindered, covering the once-perfect earth in darkness and sin. But then one day, in a single day, the Perfection of Heaven willingly submitted Himself unto the same death that had taken His perfect ones in the beginning; He then descended into Hell, held out His hand and took back what Adam and Eve had given Satan in the Garden.
This is what Jesus did for us. He came to make us perfect once again – and the unbelievable thing is that He succeeded! Somehow, in the midst of our faults, He calls us perfect, flawless (Song of Solomon 4:7, 6:9), white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).
But we have such a hard time believing this! Why? Because the devil will do anything he can to rule over us again (1 Peter 5:8). After Jesus’ death and resurrection, Satan, who was and is utterly defeated, devoted himself to doing what he had done in the beginning – trying to destroy the perfection God created. Therefore, it takes daily decisions on our part not to believe what he insists is true.
Be alert. The devil will play with your head. He will try to convince you that your sin is too great for the blood of Jesus to cover. He will confuse you into thinking that his way is the only way; that you are the defeated one; that you are ugly and flawed and could never, ever possibly be what God wants.
After years of believing these lies, it is war to believe the opposite. It is a struggle to put two and two together and realize that Jesus did not go to the cross for nothing. The perfection of God gives us the opportunity to see ourselves and our lives as Heaven sees them – not faultless, but absolutely perfect, because He is able to make us perfect.
The perfection I’m talking about means that we can present ourselves, humble and empty before Him, and He can fill us up. It means resting in Him as His perfection comes and rubs out our cracks and crevices and makes us whole. As I recently wrote on Coffee Talk, some of us have more cracks than others, but there are no cracks that the Spirit of God cannot rub out. Passionate and persistent pursuit of Him will be rewarded.
To witness His perfection in your life, there are two things you must do. First, supply you, in humility and without pretense, and second, be willing to change the way you think. The rest, to His great joy and eagerness, is up to Him. You will be amazed at how these two decisions change your life.
by John Paul Jackson