One of the things I love teaching the women who do my intensive 1 on 1 coaching program is that there’s a big difference between striving for perfection (based on our definition and by our strength) and surrendering to the process of being perfected by Christ.
STRONG IN SPIRIT
Hebrews 12:2 reminds us to “Fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Christ is the author and perfecter of our faith. Notice it doesn’t say the author and perfecter of our current circumstances, or our income or our success but our faith.
Our faith deepens and strengthens as we come to know God, love Him, obey Him, and follow Him. Day by day He perfects our faith. Day by day He uses the trials to make us more like Him. Day by day He allows circumstances that can keep us dependent on Him. Day by day He perfects us.
1 Peter 1:16- “For it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
You can read this verse and say “How can I possibly be holy?” But if scripture says it, it means it’s possible. The way to grow in holiness isn’t something we can do but something God can do through our willingness, obedience, and submission. God will never ask us to do something He won’t also enable us to do!
HEALTHY IN BODY
Especially when we are committing to stewarding our body with God, His way and for His glory, there’s the temptation of trying to do it all perfectly and then being utterly discouraged when it doesn’t go perfectly.
Instead of striving to eat perfectly, move perfectly, and do every thing perfectly, commit to the Lord being your help and His process of perfecting your faith. This impacts everything else, including your health!
Let Him perfect you, friend. Go to God with your weakness. Ask Him to perfect in you the areas that lead to stumbling whether that be self control, peace or patience. Being perfected by Christ is not a journey that comes with shame, defeat or despair. When you let Him perfect you, He does it with His love, His truth, His grace, and His promises.
Rooting for you!