I’m Not Perfect. So What?
In 2013, the Florida State Seminoles were celebrated as college football’s BCS Champions after completing a perfect 14-0 season. In the 135 year history of Major League Baseball, only 23 pitchers have tossed a perfect game. Each of those 23 pitchers is widely celebrated for accomplishing one of baseball’s rarest individual feats. In 2009, USA Today reported that a Michigan teen got a perfect score on her ACT–and her SAT–and her PSAT! She was rewarded with a full-ride scholarship to Princeton University.
Was your New Year’s resolution to be perfect? I would guess not.
Perfection is celebrated because of its rarity. Should the opposite be true as well? Should imperfection really be condemned? If perfection is the rarest of all feats, shouldn’t it be considered acceptable when we don’t achieve such a vaunted status? Nobody’s perfect! We all make mistakes. Who cares?
God cares. Imperfections may be an accepted part of life for you and I, but they are not acceptable to our God. Imperfection runs contrary to the way God intended this world to function. When he finished his work of creation, God was pleased to know that everything worked in harmony. There were no imperfections: “God saw all that he made and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).
Imperfections are therefore an offense to our perfect creator God, even our own, minor or major. They are not excused; they are not overlooked. They are punished for the offense that they are.
But, “Nobody is perfect!”
That’s why we need someone to be perfect for us.
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is the headline from our God that is incredible news for you: Jesus Christ who had no sin or imperfection became our imperfection. He received all the punishment that we deserved, paying for it by his death on the cross. In return, he grants us the perfection that we could not achieve on our own. In Christ we become “the righteousness of God.”
As much as we celebrate individual accomplishments of perfection–the perfect season, the perfect game, or the perfect test score–how much greater can we celebrate the perfection that is ours by faith in Jesus Christ! In Christ God views you as perfect; believe it! Celebrate it! Live it!