“For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” (Hebrews 10:14)
In Holly Gerth’s book, You’re Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be, there is a section talking about the implications of Hebrews 10:14 which specifically relates to the lie that “I have to be perfect.”
“We’ve been made perfect – check – but we’re still in the process of being made holy. God’s goal in our life is growth. So what’s the difference between growth and our typical idea of “perfection?”
- Perfectionism is all or nothing.
- Growth is little by little.
- Perfectionism is all about the goal.
- Growth is more about the journey.
- Perfectionism is about outward appearances
- Growth is about what happens on the inside
- Perfectionism is about what we do.
- Growth is about who we’re becoming
… We go through peaks and valleys. We make some progress and then slip up. When that happens, it feels like we’re all the way back down at the bottom. But we’re not – we’re further along than we were before. We’ve gained new wisdom, developed our strengths a bit more and leaned a little harder into God.”
If you have been reading any of my recent blog posts lately you would remember that they have contained a lot of the same themes Holly mentions here. For example, my last one talked about the idea of God working in our lives little by little and step by step. I also was reminded recently during a leadership training at my church that our journey is often more important than the destination – especially as we learn to ask ourselves not “why bad things happen” but “where is God in the midst of it all.” After reading a great book recently, I took away the concept that God is more interested in aligning our inward desires with His desires than simply giving us what we want. Another post with similar themes was when I shared how to live in the tension between “what could be” and “what is.”
I feel like I could go on and on with ways I feel Holly climbed into my head recently with this excerpt from her book. And yet, on the other hand I wonder why I am so surprised by it all? After all, God’s truths are unchanging and universal!
Later on in the same section Holly also uses a chart similar to this one below to explain what growth typically looks like in our lives:
**When I saw this life growth chart in her book I literally gasped and almost could not believe my eyes. This chart is exactly what I envision in my mind when I describe the UPWARD TRAJECTORY my life has taken over the years (and hence the name of my blog)! To see someone else using this type of concept to explain the growth that God typically has for us just blew me away. I knew at once it had to be a “God thing!” For it seems that He spoke the same truth to combat the same lie in two different people’s lives.**
Therefore, there is the truth that we are “Already Made Perfect” by the blood of Jesus Christ that covers all our sins and mistakes in God’s eyes. And yet there is also the truth that we are still “Being Made Holy” little by little each day – on a path with peaks and valleys but always on an “Upward Trajectory.” Both of these ideas contain very good news in my eyes. But put them together and, as I’ve said before, it can only be a “God thing!”
**I’m linking up to Holly Gerth’s Coffee for Your Heart today. Click on the image below to find posts by other people you might also like!**