the day to accept the perfection of other peoples imperfections.
“For by that one offering He forever made perfect those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:14 NLT
Life on this earth could more accurately be described as a pilgrimage.
When Christ died on the cross and was then resurrected, we were all made perfect in God’s sight. That does not mean we do not have work to do as we continue our daily pilgrimage through life on our way to the everlasting life that awaits us with God.
And while we were made perfect in God’s sight, we may not always appear that way to each other.
In fact, from a human perspective, none of us is perfect, but because we are perfect in God’s sight, we have an obligation to accept the perfection of each other’s imperfections.
Around the world, every product that we eat, drink, wear, or otherwise use in our daily lives, is perpetually in various states of completion or production. For every loaf of bread on a super market shelf there is wheat which has begun to push its way out of the soil. There is also wheat that is ready to harvest, wheat that has been turned into grain, grain that has been milled into flour, and flour that is waiting to be baked for more bread for the super market shelf.
Let’s consider for a moment that the loaf of bread represents perfection. While a single stalk of wheat is not perfect, it is in the process of becoming so, and while a cup of flour may not be perfect, it is to the baker who sees the finished loaf of bread.
So it is with humans.
We are in various stages of perfection. As we become more holy, we get closer to the finished person, and that is how God sees us no matter what stage of development we are in.
We sometimes look at other people and question their hearts, their commitment to God, and their attitude about Heaven. We are critical because it is easy to be that way, and we focus on what we perceive to be other people’s imperfections. We do not see things the way God does, and we never will be able to, but we all need to understand and accept the fact that God sees us all the same way.
All human beings are at different stages in their pilgrimage to the perfection that God already sees. If we can help others on their pilgrimage, it is incumbent upon us to do so.
At the very least, we need to accept the perfection of other people’s imperfections and they need to accept ours.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson