Under the Influence: Perfection
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Philippians 3:12-15
There once was a time when a person could leave work and drive away and the world would not be able to reach him or her. There were no text messages. A phone line was the only means of distant communication.
The internet arrived.
With the “world wide web” came a giant mirror. Through social media outlets, the ability for anyone to post movies, the masses all received (in one fell swoop) the ability to report, express themselves and display their own personal identity constructions. It is in the reflection of this giant mirror that we, as a nation, experience our current national crisis splayed out in real time and reacted to in real time. The advent of this technology was like the last call in a dance club when the lights came on and we all got to see who we were dancing with.
But there was something else in that mirror. It was you. It was me. I watched us join facebook and twitter. I saw the entire world of our current lives and past friends and acquaintances join into one fantastic two-dimensional virtual group comprised of two second movies, happy non-dysfunctional family photos with well-groomed kids, #blessed posts and well scripted story lines. We were under the influence of the pursuit of Perfection and the pressure of appearances.
Behind the curtain, life went on as it always did. We’re messy. We burp. We fight with our spouses. We struggle with generational curses. We have issues and hang-ups. None of that is appropriate for the “mirror”, because we are under the influence of this cotton candy-like pressure to appear perfect….to appear as though everything is together. It’s not and that’s ok. It’s ok. It’s ok. The love of God is real but also honest.
Am I supposed to confess here or on some platform that I am fallen or that I have issues? Do I really need to? You know the answer. Let’s talk about reality, because I believe that issue is well settled in your heart. I know I’m fallen and I think you do too….
Someday the cotton-candy curtain of this world system and also of my life will be pulled. Lord, please let there be a humble man behind it. Lord please let there be a man who was acutely aware of imperfection yet accepting of the amazing outrageous love of a God who forgives everything and who pressed on towards the goal of communion with my Father!
I can’t do this without you….
Lord, be with me always, an imperfect man – a sinner. Help me to stand bravely and say, I may not be perfect but I’ve found something in Jesus Christ. I saw something beautiful! Through him, the gift of power over death and life everlasting, a life that cannot be taken away from me. It has nothing to do with the mirror of the world, which possesses and entices us to be something we will never be without God: Perfect.
TODAY’S TRAINING: If this DBO resonates with you, stop manufacturing your identity and just be human, fallible, accepted nonetheless by God.