Sinner or Redeemed?
Have you ever thought about what Perfection means? Matthew 5:48 says,
"But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect."
If God is perfect and we are sinners, how can we be perfect?
We think of so many things when we think of being perfect. Generally, we think of something without error or mistakes. For example a perfect lawn. In golf, a perfect round is when you play 18 holes and average 1 under par (a birdie) for every hole. Many times, we have an idea in our heads of what it looks like to be a perfect spouse, parent, child, or employee. Pursuing that image of perfect can many times drive the people around us crazy.
I love this quote by Edgar Allan Poe because it really shows that we can't rely on our own pows to become perfect our control our lives.
The word in the Aramaic language that is translated "perfect" means complete, whole, and even has a sense of merciful in it. So if we are to be perfect as God is, then we are to be whole as God is.
If we are going to become perfect, as God is perfect, we must first stop calling ourselves sinners. *shock* I know. You are redeemed. A sinner is someone who is bound by sin. When grace saves us, we are freed from the power of sin in our lives. The only time sin has power is when we allow it to. When we give into the temptation of sin, we give it power over us.
So, from now on, call yourselves a recovering sinner if you must use the word sinner, but I would prefer you calling yourself a redeemed child of God.
John Wesley said,
“The loving God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. This implies, that no wrong temper, none contrary to love, remains in the soul; and that all the thoughts, words, and actions, are governed by pure love.”
Thoughts to Ponder:
- Do I consider my self a sinner or redeemed?
- Is there something in my life that keeps me from loving God with my whole heart?
- What can I do this week to bring myself closer to God?
To learn more about Christian Perfection, check out my sermon from 2015.