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Chasing Carrots: Perfectionism

No one is perfect…it’s the statement that we all love to say when we do something wrong. I can just hear one of Adam and Eve’s children saying to them “nobody’s perfect” and then Adam looking at Eve and saying…well, we were once 😊 

Even though we realize that we are not perfect, everyone is chasing after perfection. We spend countless hours trying to capture the perfect recipe, family photo (do not get me started on that one), or vacation.  

The reality, too, is that perfection is down to our preference. One person could say this was a perfect meal, and another person could say it was the worst meal ever. One person’s perfection is another person’s poison.  

Striving for perfection puts undue pressure on ourselves. When we strive for our own personal perfection, we will end up exhausting ourselves, disappointing those we love most, and feeling deflated by our inevitable failures. When we strive for perfection in any endeavor or task, we also deny our nature of our fallenness and sinfulness. “We all have fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:20). If we cannot see our own sin, we cannot see our savior!  

In Europe — and even in our own Washington National Cathedral — there are intentional imperfections built into the architecture to remind even the greatest and grandest of all builders that humankind is imperfect, and perfection is only found in our God. 

We must not seek to be perfect to please God. Rather, we must seek to be Transformed by a perfect God.  Let our approval flow from the approval of the perfect work of Jesus on our behalf. 

We can take the pressure off ourselves, knowing that God doesn’t choose us, love us, or save us because of what we’ve done. The Father sees you perfected because of what Jesus already did, as is affirmed in Hebrews 10:14 

Live with the truth that our works don’t merit our standing with God. Instead, understand that our works are a living outflow of love by our God. Now we can have a peace that passes all understanding and a joy and fulfillment in what we do as a response not a requirement. 

In conclusion, (yep, it is true), no one is perfect, but everyone is perfected by Jesus! Perfectionism kills, and Jesus makes us alive!  Live today! 

About the Author

Pastor Greg Griffith

Pastor Greg Griffith is Lead Pastor of King of Kings Church in Omaha, Nebraska. He’s also the host of the Greg Griffith Leadership Podcast, which features monthly encouragement and leadership advice for leaders at home, the workplace, and the Church.