The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. – Psalm 138:8
It’s a comfort to know that I’m not the one responsible for my own perfection – that is, for becoming more mature, complete, and well-rounded as a Christian.
The Bible says that my perfection is the Lord’s responsibility. And that’s a promise, according to today’s Scripture.
Have you ever experienced trying, and failing, to be a better person, to conquer a character flaw, to get a besetting sin behind you?
I’ve certainly been there. For a time, my willpower would win. But eventually, I’d fall back into the same old bad habits.
The cycle of trying, and failing, to be a super-Christian is exhausting!
But Christ calls us to a different sort of life, a life that begins with resting and abiding rather than working and striving.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28
If we take time to rest and abide in him first, the Holy Spirit will then help us work and strive for the kingdom.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. – John 15:4
I have come to realize that the more regularly I spend conversational time with the Lord, the easier it becomes to let go of things about myself and my life that come between me and the Savior – not because of anything I do, but because of what he does within me.
In a recent sermon, Charles Stanley emphasized that a hurried prayer and a two-minute Bible reading each day can never lead to spiritual maturity. You can’t get to know anyone intimately in a one-sided, two-minute conversation, never mind the God of the universe!
Becoming spiritually mature begins with taking the time to rest in Christ, reading and studying God’s Word and learning more every day about his way of thinking and living.
Then, God has promised to lead us through the process of becoming perfect – at least, more perfect. The Apostle Paul knew this well.
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:9-12
Can you see God helping you to become more perfect? I welcome your comments.