Sunday, August 03, 2014

I'm Not Perfect (Yet)

So, let's face it.  I'm not perfect.  All those years I may have appeared to be perfect, I still knew that I was no where near it.  Still am so far from it.   


As I've gotten older (I'm only 35 years old young!), I have begun to accept my imperfections more every day.  They are in the form of gray hairs, fine lines (okay, okay...wrinkles), and an occasional dimple.  And these dimples aren't the cute ones on the cheeks of my face.  They are the not-so-cute ones.  I'm talking cellulite. 


I also see the flaws in my dealings with people, both adults and children, and even the spiritual areas in which I am weak.  Sometimes I say something I later wish I had said differently, or not said at all.  Sometimes I say too much when I should be listening instead.

I'm not perfect.   

But I do not allow myself to be perfectly complacently imperfect.

What do I mean by that, you ask?

"Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on 
so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus."  
Philippians 3:12

I mean, I'm letting the Lord work on me.  I'm letting Him begging Him to change me.  I'm asking Him to reveal my imperfections and to show me how I can let Jesus take the place of myself in that area. 

And let me just tell you, if you ask the Lord to reveal your imperfections.  Well, He will.  And boy are they vast in this earthly vessel.  But again...I don't stop there, with just an acknowledgement that I have flaws.

"Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: 
forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on 
toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."  
Philippians 3:13-14

I keep going, keep moving, keep allowing God to work on me. 

I remember my dependence upon Him.  For until the end of eternity (which, by the way, has no end), I am still a branch trying desperately to hold onto the Vine!  I need Him!

I fight to keep my desire to live as He wants me to live. I haven't "laid hold of" being perfect yet, but I know that it is coming, and I want to live up to who He has made me by the shedding of the blood of Jesus.

"Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in 
anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 
however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.  
Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according 
to the pattern you have in us."  
Philippians 3:15-17

I hope for the day when I will be transformed.  

When I can go home.  
"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly 
wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ" Philippians 3:20

Where I will finally be...


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