Perfection

per·fec·tion

pərˈfekSH(ə)n/

noun

1. the condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects.

2. a person or thing perceived as the embodiment of perfection.

3. the action or process of improving something until it is faultless or as faultless as possible.

What is your definition of perfect? We use the word perfect in very loose terms. The perfect hair, the perfect outfit, the perfect house, the perfect lifestyle, the perfect (insert here something you adore). Can these things we call perfect really be of true perfection? What does true perfection mean anyways? What does true perfection look like?

I always think of the color white when I think of perfection. There is something pure, innocent, lovely, and beautiful about the color white. It’s a color that screams perfection. It’s the color dress a bride wears on her wedding day. It’s the color of cleanliness and purity.

It’s always such a shame to get a nasty stain on a white garment. I’m always extra careful when I wear a white piece of clothing. White is something to take tender care of. While it seems silly and a little absurd to take this much effort to wear white, let’s look at it from a spiritual perspective.

That white garment is us in our purest form. The freshly bought garment is a new Christian as they have been raised up out of the watery grave of baptism to be made a new creature. We are made in the image of God to be pure and blameless before Him. We were crafted by God who is perfect. We were made to be in the image of Him. However, just as a white garment is such until stained it is the same in our lives when sin attacks us. Sin is the stain. A stain that ruins the perfect garment which is us, the Christian.

There is a problem here. A stained white garment is not what our Creator made us to be. We are to be spotless garments, or we are useless in our Creator’s intended purpose. The great thing about this analogy is the stain remover. We have a perfect stain remover in the form of forgiveness. This perfect stain remover is Jesus Christ who intercedes for us through prayer. It’s his sacrifice that has paid the price to make us, the white garments, pure and clean once again. Jesus Christ is the brand name of this wonderful stain remover, and it is free because Jesus Christ has bought it for everyone and freely gives it to us all. We are the ones who must accept this free gift and love Him and learn from His perfection.

So, what is perfection? Is it even humanly possible to be perfect?

The one great example of perfection is Jesus Christ. Without Him we would be nothing, but filthy rags stained with sin. With Him we are made perfect or complete. With Him we lack nothing and it is in Him we find perfection.

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