Very Embarrassing!

It is natural for us to want to be “perfect” in everything. 

I am not talking about “perfectionism” here but just a natural bent to desire to be found doing and saying the right thing all the time. 

As a Christian, this desire gets intensified because we have that One that we want to please, other than ourselves. We want Jesus Christ to be proud of us, don’t we? 

The problem is, we can never measure up to our own expectations/standards, let alone God’s standards or standards others have for us. We always fail short. 

Sometimes, I don’t know if it is just being a fool or something but we feel like we are doing it all right, that we figured out the way to do Christianity perfectly and we feel like others are just lazy or very sinful for not following suit. 

Very embarrassing, isn’t it? It is because before we finish looking down on others, we find ourselves missing the mark and we hide ourselves out of shame. 

But here is the one major thing that we tend to forget: God sees us through Jesus Christ as if we are as perfect as Jesus Christ (Romans 4:5; 5:17). We don’t need to impress God. He is totally impressed and pleased by His own Son, Jesus Christ and when we put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, God is equally and totally impressed and pleased by us.

So, Peter writes:

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
    a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
    will never be put to shame.”
” 1 Peter 2:4-6


This is what the Lord says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
    or the strong boast of their strength
    or the rich boast of their riches,
but let the one who boasts boast about this:
    that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
    justice and righteousness on earth,
    for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.
” Jeremiah 9:23-24


Praise God! ///