Perfection vs. Progression

Christians, how many times have you done something absolutely 100% perfect?  How many holes in one have you hit, where the ball landed exactly in the cup, no rolling or bouncing?  If you are waiting to move in what God has called you to until you are absolutely perfect, you will be waiting for a while.

Recently, the Lord was dealing with me about a situation.  God had given me something to steward and I was analyzing it trying to figure out what I did wrong and I got the revelation, God is not looking for perfection, he is looking for progression.  When I compare that situation to what I think in my mind is perfect or ideal, I fall way short and I cannot imagine how it would ever work.  However, if I compare it to the previous situation where God gave me something to steward, I was amazed how well I did.

God wants us to make incremental improvements in our journey with Him, He does not and would not expect you to become perfect overnight.  Perfection, to God, is obedience.  As long as you obey what God leads you to do, you will find yourself closer to Him and further along in your understanding of Him.  All too often this world focuses on perfection, attaining the absolute best.  For every Olympian that wins all 8 gold medals in their races, there are 7 other swimmers that could say they missed it, they messed up and did not swim perfect.  On the other hand, they could realize out of the thousands of swimmers in the world, they are one of the 8 that made it to that race.  

God delights in our growth, maturity, and progression.  Anytime we come to God thinking we have done something absolutely 100% perfect, we probably missed the right attitude or humility because we are proud that we were ‘perfect’.  I look back at the way I was and anticipate the way I will be, “better than I was but not as good as I could be.” That will keep my heart humble, my mind focused, and my spirit encouraged to walk this life out with all fear and trembling.  Not striving for absolute perfection, but making strides with the perpetual progression right up until I pass from here to glory, In Jesus Name, Amen.

You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity] as your heavenly Father is perfect.  Matthew 5:48 (AMP)

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 (NASB)

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excelling, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ, having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.  Philippians 1:9-11 (NASB)

written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2017

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