I am a perfectionist. It’s almost a disease, especially when I’m cleaning. If a streak is left behind I have to wipe again. If white material is left behind from my paper towel, I have to grab a cloth. Everything has to be spic n’ span clean when I’m finished. I do every job I have to do to the best of my ability. I don’t quit until I reach a goal. I work hard. Sometimes this is great! Sometimes it isn’t!
I’ve been known to carry this over into my relationship with Christ. I use to feel like I could never do enough. I wanted to please people, but more importantly, I wanted to do everything God “called” me to do. I qoute that because when someone would ask me to take on a task, I would say yes, as if I were a super hero called by God to do this and that and this and that and yes to that and oh yes to this and certainly that too. Sure! That too!
I always wanted to be the best. Thank God He has done a work in me and has set me free from all that jazz.
Did you know that you will never ever be “good enough” for God? Did you know that you can’t do enough to please Him or save yourself? Do you know why? Because there’s nothing for you to perfect. There’s nothing for you to save or fix or make better. When Jesus Christ died on the cross He did it for your every imperfection. He loves you just as you are. When you give your life to Him, He will be the one to perfect His work in you. It’s all on Him.
Continuing on in Psalm: 51:15-17 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
There is nothing you can give to God that would please Him more than giving Him you! A broken spirit is one that is humble and ready to say “King Jesus, I will go where you send, I will do whatever you call me to do”. A broken spirit knows that it has no control in this life. It’s willing to let go of the reigns and allow God to take complete control and with humbleness.
A contrite heart feels shame of past mistakes and it’s one that’s ready to let go of sin, to repent, and to change. Repentence can’t occur while whallering in sin with exticy and enjoyment. Jesus didn’t pay the most ultimate price to watch us decide what we want to do and to continue to smear our fleshly desires all over His cross. We are to humble ourselves before the Lord. When true repentance occurs, you feel shame for what you’ve done and you turn in a new direction. You make a new choice. You choose Jesus. Once you’ve repented and changed the shame goes away and God fills you will His grace and forgiveness. You feel that you are undeniably loved, and you are!
God will not despise a broken contrite heart. Hallelujah! So if He doesn’t despise a repentant heart, He must despise sin. The opposite of despise is to treasure, favor, admire, relish, revere, and even desire.
The King of Kings and Lord of Lords and God of all creation loves you so much that He desires you to come to Him and He will give you favor and call you His treasure. He admires you, His creation, just the way you are.
No matter where you are in your relationship with Christ, come to Him today. He wants to relish in you. Allow Him to perfect His work in you.
Father, you are truly amazing. There are not enough words to describe the magnitude of your glory and goodness and love. Lord, today I accept you in my life. Have your being. Change me, take control, have your way. You are so good. Thank you for loving me so much that you paid the price for all of my inperfections and still you relish in me. You desire me, you treasure me, and you favor me. I thank you that there is nothing I can do to win your love other than to desire you Jesus. I love you. Amen.