Today you should read: Hebrews 9:11-28
Perfection is something many of us strive for. I am not a fatalistic perfectionist, but I definitely have some of those tendencies. This was true in my athletic pursuits as a kid: I wanted to throw the perfect spiral, have the perfect form-tackle and to bowl with the perfect hook. It was also (and still can be) true of musical endeavors, always striving to be the best.
As you and I both know, we set ourselves up for quite a letdown when we aspire to any kind of perfection. In this marred, sin-stained world, it just isn’t attainable for us. While we aim high, we can’t help being reminded of our limits. And the greater issue deals with eternity: since we cannot be perfect, we cannot make our own way back to God. So how can we, as flawed and broken people, enter into God’s Heaven?
Through God’s blameless Son, Jesus Christ.
That is what chapter 9 of Hebrews is all about: Jesus Christ is the perfect High Priest and Sacrificial Lamb who died for us. Because of His perfection, He was able to bear all of our imperfections on a horrid cross. Through His death, imperfect people like us can be made right in God’s eyes once again. What an overwhelming thought! For this to be true, though, you must confess Jesus as the Lord & Savior of your life. That’s the only way His sacrifice can be applied to you.
Two questions to consider today:
1) Are you a perfectionist? (In what ways?)
2) Does this chapter help you remove the handcuffs of perfectionism?
Posted by: Todd Thomas