When You Feel Like You Have to be Perfect
Can I share something with you? I used to think that for me to bring God glory I needed to portray perfection. I tried to say all the right things, do all the right things, and be the all right things. Not only is this a crazy way of thinking, but it’s a lie the enemy tries to tell us.
Trying to portray perfection puts the focus on ourselves instead of Jesus. Click to Tweet
The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He would love nothing more than for us to fall into the trap of perfectionism. He will try to fool us into thinking we have to look like we have it all together. He is a liar, and he will use trickery to try and take our focus off of Jesus.
All it takes is one sneaky whisper from the enemy, and we think things like Who do think are? Look at your past–they’ll never believe your good enough! You’ll never measure up. God can’t use someone like you. It is thoughts like these that have us running around trying to portray perfection—which is precisely what the enemy wants. He knows that if he can cause us to fall into the perfectionism trap, we will take our focus off of Jesus and put it on ourselves.
When thoughts like these come, we need to pluck them right out of our minds. Refusing to let the enemies lies take root will help us overcome the need to portray perfection.
Trying to portray perfection prevents others from seeing Christ’s power in us. Click to Tweet
2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Trying to be perfect will only prevent others from seeing Christ’s power in us. Think of it this way: a perfect person wouldn’t have any weaknesses and therefore, wouldn’t have anything to boast about. But if we allow other’s to see we aren’t perfect and that we need Jesus to help us, they will realize that they need Him too. When we enable Jesus to work through our imperfections, others will be able to see His love, grace, and mercy shine through us.
Trying to portray perfection places an unnecessary burden around our necks. Click to Tweet
If we want others to really see Jesus we need to take off the bulky yoke of perfectionism we’ve been wearing around our necks. Galatians 5: 1 Paul reminds us, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Trying to be perfect is an exhausting way to live. In the end, we will only enslave ourselves to the overwhelming pressure of trying to attain the unattainable.
How do you take off the yoke? By accepting that Jesus is enough. When we rest in the truth that Jesus is all we need we are able to break free from the demands of perfectionism. We are no longer bogged down by the feeling that we have to say, do, and be all of the right things. The urge to hide our weaknesses is replaced with the desire to boast about everything that Jesus has done. And we are free to let the love of Christ shine bright enough for all to see.
Aren’t you glad we don’t have to be perfect?
Because Jesus is perfect I don’t have to be. Click To Tweet
Thank you for joining me for the conclusion of When The Answer Is To Fail. It’s my prayer that these words will fill you with the hope and encouragement you need to take off the yoke of perfectionism and can latch onto the freedom we have in Christ. Latching onto this freedom gives us the opportunity to grow as we Ingest Every Lesson, the confidence to Accept Our Imperfections as a gift, and the courage to boldly Follow Gods Direction.
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