Devotions with Pastor Jason Lim
Society views perfectionism as positive because they believe this trait produces successful critical thinkers that will chip away at imperfection and produce results. But more often than not perfectionists are haunted by the inner voice that says, “You’re not good enough, smart enough, good-looking enough…” Seeking perfection on your own terms can be nothing short of dangerous. But God calls us to seek a different form of perfection, a holy perfection.
“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.” (Romans 7:18)
In every believer, the struggle between the old nature of the flesh and the new, spiritual nature is still very real. Realization of this struggle helps us to have the correct expectation for Christian growth and Christian life. Christian sanctification is a process where we become more like Christ, though because we are still dwelling in this sinful world and in a sinful body, we will never attain perfection. Understanding this will allow us to avoid feeling frustrated, discouraged, or depressed when we realize that we are still far from perfection.
There is no perfection until Jesus comes for us and redeems our body completely. There and then, we will be forevermore perfect and righteous. Scripture tells us that we are being transformed from glory to glory, and there will always be that greater depth for holiness that we must strive and aim for. So take heart and know that our journey will be one of sincere progression and not sinless perfection.