ArtęGreg Olsen


"Having therefore these promises,
dearly beloved,
let us cleanse ourselves from all
filthiness of the flesh and spirit,
perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
2Corinthians 7:1
Pursuit of Perfection
If the world were controlled by perfectionists,
there would be no place for those who can never
quite measure up to their standards.
On the other hand,
if the world were under the domination of people
who wake up in a new world every day,
we would probably suffocate in
the accumulation of our own garbage within a week.
Fortunately, "practically perfect" people like
Mary Poppins
manage to get mixed up with the
Dick Van Dykes of the world.
The "neat and trim" husband is often found
with the wife who doesn't know
what she is preparing for dinner at 4 PM.
And the obsessive wife's cleanliness is
sometimes linked to the husband
who hunts and tracks dirt across her clean floor.
And so, they struggle between
perfection and the spirit of tolerance.
In one compartment of the brain,
there's a tug to live up to all the standards of Christ.
But then on the other hand,
our attempts to measure up to those standards
are most often flawed.
The New Testament clearly articulates the need
to "perfect holiness out of reverence for God."
Perfection does not usually mean
sinless ness in the Scripture,
but something like maturity or completeness.
Paul admitted that he had not
"been made perfect" in Philippians 3:12.
Yet he did not attempt to excuse himself from
pursuing the goal of perfection.
He said,
"I press on to take hold of that for which
Christ Jesus took hold of me."
The person who excuses them self from
serious effort because
"nobody's perfect"
is just playing a game,
and not even according to the rules.
While it is self-righteous and hypocritical
to claim that one has already
conquered the flesh at any point in this life,
we play a deadly game of
self-vindication when we ignore the
"pursuit of perfection."
"He that saith he abideth in him
ought himself also so to walk,
even as he walked."



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