Out of my control…
May 17th, 2019
The changes that are taking place in this world are coming faster and are more radical than ever before. No one dare take a break from technology or they will find themselves obsoleted almost overnight.
We surely can’t have that. Become a dinosaur in the midst of the post information age where if it’s not edgy it will be edged out. Just about when we began to trust the reliability of the Internet, we find that it is far from safe, far from secure, and has been hijacked with a flood of false information, making the tool of tomorrow performing to less than the expected metrics.
For anyone not in complete control the world seems to be out of control. Then the unmistakable reality smacks us across the face and we conclude that no matter how much we absorb, we can’t possibly take in a sufficient volume of information to be able to control all that is going on with our cell phones let alone our lives.
So, we opt to fake it and hope that everyone else is just as terrified and is unwilling to question our real understanding of the issues.
If no one can forge a perfect life, then how can we possibly think we can pull off the ultimate goal of being the master of our lives. The simple truth is that we can’t. We are all imperfect, flawed, and perpetually find ourselves failing to perform to our own specifications, let alone those of others,` or God.
The scripture has something to say about that. Jesus said…
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good except God alone.”
Luke 18:19 (CSB)
as it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one.
Romans 3:10 (CSB)
But then Jesus redefines perfection and directs us to be perfect…
“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.“
Matthew 5:48 (CSB)
Wait Lord, It’s impossible!!
Once again, our perspective taints our understanding. Perfection is attainable when we are seeking to perform to the specification that God has for us.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (CSB)
The requirement for perfection isn’t anything like we think it maybe. God only wants us to trust in him with all our heart and give up trying to control the situations in our lives at every moment, because “he will make your paths straight.”
We are talking about after we have surrendered our lives to Jesus and accepted his grace in faith. From that juncture in our lives then the next place God desires us to go to be perfect is to trust him.
This is really counterintuitive, because if we have surrendered to Jesus, we have surrendered to God.
Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (CSB)
Jesus purchased us with his sacrifice on our behalf to pay our debt. We are indentured servants of God as a result. The debt we could never pay, was paid for us by Jesus. His Grace then abolishes that debt, so we are free to have a relationship with him.
We are almost to that perfection that we each deep down inside desire; trusting in the Lord with all our heart, not depending on our understanding but giving way to his. Recognizing that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and therefore I don’t want to do anything that defiles that temple. I don’t own it anymore; I’ve been purchased with his blood.
The final step sounds rebellious.
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 (CSB)
In an age when the world screams individualism but insists on conformity, God wants to see a transformation of our minds that extends from refusing that conformity. Forget about, “an eye for an eye.” Instead, lead with forgiveness as Christ has forgiven you. Extend the love of Jesus to everyone you can, despite them being unlovable by the world’s standard. Assume the role of the servant, for it is by service, we lead others to the light of our Lord.
The result will be discernment, so we can recognize “what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
So many times, you hear our brothers and sisters in the Lord or even ourselves saying “I need to understand God’s will for me!” The thing is, he’s made it clear from the beginning. He wants us to be perfect; his version of perfection.
With the world’s standards of the world we see that “Nobody’s Perfect”, but God desires trust and commitment to him and his purpose. We are made perfect in Christ Jesus; if we can only surrender to God that which is God’s. Not in our control, but when we surrender control to God. He is in control.
In the Grace of Jesus!