REJOICE, FOR GOD IS A PERFECTIONIST

REJOICE, FOR GOD IS A PERFECTIONIST

I have been asked many times just why God would be so generous to man. Believers and pre-believers alike share this same incredulous sentiment when they begin to realize the incredible extent to which God loves each and every one of us.

When they see patients recovering from their conditions, addicts being set free from their addiction, marriages being mended, wayward children coming back home and reconciling with their families, businesses flourishing, careers taking off; all of which happened under amazing and divine circumstances; those looking on can’t help but wonder just why God would bother going to so much trouble for us.

And I guess it truly is a big stretch of the imagination to fathom why God would be generous toward sinners. I mean, if you saw how those people who were saved from their situation were living before, you would have, like the world did, written them off. So why didn’t God?

You know, the truthful and accurate answer to this question is also the expected and common answer to this question. And it is what Jesus told Nicodemus.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

Indeed, “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.” John 3:16-17 [AMP]

His love is the only reason why He wiped out all the sinful abominations that were walking the earth during the time of Noah but He saved Noah.

His love is the only reason why after that flood,

“…Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.”” Genesis 5:21

His love is the only reason why He promised us through Isaiah,

“For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:10

And it is His love that made Him send Jesus, the Arm of God, to save us from our sins; that through Him, we may receive

“…My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:28

But though Jesus’ love for us was the reason why He promised that

“…whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

There is also another reason why Jesus would bother to tell us to

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

And the reason is this.

“For God’s Word is solid to the core;
everything he makes is sound inside and out.
He loves it when everything fits,
when his world is in plumb-line true.
Earth is drenched
in God’s affectionate satisfaction.” Psalm 33:45 [MSG]

Everything God says is solid, is true, will happen. Everything He makes is perfect, sound from the inside out. God wants everything in His creation to fit perfectly, gel seamlessly and function with the precision that watchmakers only dream of.

On this side of heaven, there is a label that we use for such people – perfectionist. And there is a condition that is associated with perfectionism – OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). How many of you are nodding in agreement?

But pause for a moment and think about this. This is God that we are talking about. Would you expect anything less than perfect from Him? Would you therefore expect the things which He does and makes to be anything less than perfect? You wouldn’t, would you? He is God. So what’s wrong with Him being perfect and wanting everything that is associated with Him to be perfect?

At this point, can I let you in on a little secret? There was a time, after God made the heavens and the earth, separated the land from the sea, and breathed life into the flora and fauna, that God said,

“Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26

You are God’s creation. You are that which He made, and so you are sound inside and out. And you are part of His creation in which everything fits, part of the world that is plumb-line true. Or at least you were supposed to be. Because, think about it, this was what God thought of man when He made the first one.

“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good…” Genesis 1:31

But we know that the serpent went to Eve and then man fell and sin entered the world and nothing is as it was supposed to be anymore. We became imperfect. And that is why, when presented with those amongst us who strive to be perfect, we call them names and place demeaning labels onto them, all in the name of trying to prevent perfection from re-entering the world again. But why are we doing that?

As much as we shun perfection because it reminds us of our own imperfections and failings; all the more we need to remember that though we may have become imperfect, our loving Father in heaven still is perfect; and our status as His children has not changed. We are still His. So we are still supposed to be sound inside and out. We are supposed to have everything fit and have everything in our world be plumb-line true. How then do we reconcile our current imperfection with the perfect state that we are supposed to inherently have?

The answer is Jesus.

We sin. But as Isaiah reminds us,

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMP]

Jesus took our sins upon Himself so that

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

Returning us to the perfect state of relationship that God purposed for us to have with Him.

Then, because sin came into the world, toil also came into the world and thus we become weak. But as Jesus reminds us,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

Jesus promised that we will be provided for and our lack addressed so that we can return to the perfect state of being that God purposed for us to be in.

Now, when you put the two together, with us being made right with God, and Jesus providing for all the areas in which we lack, we have now been returned to the state where

“…everything he makes is sound inside and out.
… everything fits,
… his world is in plumb-line true….” Psalm 33:45 [MSG]

You see, beloved child of God,

“…the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” Psalm 100:3

And because “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

That is why He says,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

God is a perfectionist. But rejoice, for because He is and He loves us, we don’t have to be. Any lack that you see in your life right now, any shortcoming, any imperfection, look at it and know that it is only a temporary situation. It cannot be the reality that you will have to live with, because it does not fit into the perfect scheme of things that our Father has purposed that you be in.

Jesus came to return all of us who would believe in Him, to the perfect state in which we were created. So hold fast to the truth that God cannot fail and know that no matter what you are going through today, Jesus is sorting things out for you.

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