03 June 2012

You Are Perfect

Let me ask you something. What's more true? What Jesus thinks of you, or what you think of yourself? Clearly, what he thinks is the real truth. So, why do you keep looking at your flaws and imperfections? Why do you keep beating yourself up over the dumb mistakes you've made? It's all about perspective and it's his perspective that counts, not yours or anyone else's.
Jesus doesn't see it that way.

Religious leaders that I know from popular ministries have told me that they felt "very very sorry" for me. They look down on me because I actually think I'm perfect and tell others their perfect too. They think I'm leading God's people astray for communicating this. They, sincerely, don't think anyone is perfect and we are all full of sin. However, this is not the Jesus I know nor is this what the Bible teaches. Most Christians want you to believe you're full of sin so you will run to the church to get saved and "get right" with God. Too bad most Christians don't believe all sin is forgiven (Eph 1:6-11).

You see, I love to encourage you and tell you how great and wonderful you are. I'm pretty good at it. Why do I do this? Because it's what I hear Jesus telling me. The encouraging words that come out of my mouth are not my own. People think I have this great gift of singing praises about people, but they've been fooled. I just repeat what I hear my Father saying. I love telling people how precious they are in his sight! Hang out with me long enough and you'll see what I mean.

Next thing they'll say is that I'm demon possessed and I'm hearing the voice of demons. But, didn't they tell Jesus the same thing (John 8:42-50)?

What's the real problem here? Honestly, we actually don't believe Jesus. We don't believe that Jesus came and died for all people's sin (even those who don't choose him) (2 Cor 5:14-21). We don't believe that the sacrifice Jesus made was good enough to wipe away every single fault. He didn't die when you accepted him. He died over 2000 years ago. We don't believe he paid it all on the cross - a finished product. Apparently, from the way most Christians see it, what Jesus did wasn't enough to make us a spotless bride without spot or wrinkle (Eph 5:25-27). We feel we have to do something to help him along.

Let me ask you something else. Did Jesus die for all your sin, or not? Do you really believe all your sins are, already, wiped clean (past, present, and future)? Do you really believe God sent his only Son to die just for you (John 3:16-17)? If you say yes, then you have to believe you're perfect in his sight (Col 1:13-23). You are perfect! There's no other way to see it. His perspective is all that matters (Eph 1:3-5).

I know! What a concept, right?! To actually think we're made perfect for something he did and nothing we do. This is called the Good News (Matt 4:23-25). This is nothing new. It's actually been around for quite a long time. The message has just gotten distorted by religious people over the years.

"We're imperfect people living in an imperfect world." I'm sure you've heard that one a million times. And, it's a lie! It's a lie from Satan himself. And, most modern-day Christians repeat this lie. It's kind of like what the serpent said to Adam and Eve. The serpent told a half truth. Satan said they'd be like God if they ate the fruit. He told them they'll gain his knowledge. This was actually the truth. Adam and Eve surely received the knowledge of good and evil that God had, however, he said they wouldn't die. This was the lie! Satan's words seem to look delicious, but there's always something not quite right (Gen 3:1-7).

The lie that most Christians are telling you is that you're not yet perfect. These people are ignorant. They don't believe their perfect until they reach Heaven - as if our bodies had anything to do with it. However, don't hate them for preaching this. They just don't believe the Truth. They've been told all their lives that they must work hard to be perfect and holy. As if anything we do could make us right with him. Only the Spirit has the power to transform us. And, honestly, many of you didn't believe this until a few weeks ago. So, let's offer more grace to those weaker believers until they grow stronger in their faith (1 Cor 8:9).

Seriously, Satan is scared to death you'll actually start to believe this Jesus stuff. He doesn't want you to know how awesome you are in God's sight. Even Satan knows and believes what Jesus did for you. He knows what Christ's death meant and what it stood for. And, he hates that Jesus made it so easy for us. Satan wants you so focused on yourself and the problems around you that you lose sight of him. He wants you to keep believing these lies that you have to do something; that you have to help Jesus along to make you holy. He doesn't want you to know that you're already glorious! He's afraid that once you catch wind of the real Truth, you'll start believing it. Then, you'll start living it. And then, you'll start changing everyone around you.
Who God sees in you.

I used to think I had to work hard to be perfect. I was a perfectionist and trying so hard to do everything right. I was told that I had to do whatever I could to not "fall into sin". I didn't drink, smoke, do drugs, have sex, or do anything visibly wrong. I was a good rule follower and one of the best, quite frankly. Yet, I was dying on the inside. Countless times I ended up in the fetal position on the floor, balling my eyes out, and screaming out to God about how hard this Christian life was. Finally, he opened my eyes! I realized he had already rescued me. He sent his Son to die for me. How easy is that?! Thank God, I finally gave up trying so hard. Now, I rest in peace knowing I'm already perfect because of what Christ did for me. I was working so hard to be perfect when I was perfect the whole time (John 17:22-26). What a tragedy!

You are God's son or daughter. In his eyes, you can do no wrong. You have chosen him to be your Father and apart of his family. You have been grafted to his family tree (Rom 11:16-17). What sets us apart from the others? Simply, choosing him and trusting that he already forgave you. How easy is that?! Once you actually believe who you are in Christ, you'll automatically start looking like him. No need to work at it anymore. Love just starts flowing out of you.

I had a friend come up to me the other day. She said, "Dathan, the more I read the Bible the more I don't think anyone is going to Heaven." I looked at her puzzled and she continued, "The Bible says that no liars, murderers, thieves, adulterers...will enter Heaven. No one is good enough!" She is partially right. We aren't good enough, but Jesus is! Jesus wasn't lying when he said no abusers, adulterers, homosexuals, cheaters, drunkards etc. can enter Heaven (1 Cor 6:9-12). How? Because we've been forgiven! We are spotless because of him (Eph 5:27). God doesn't allow sin into Heaven. However, he did allow his precious Son to take sin's place. Now, he only sees his Son - the perfect sacrifice that covers all sin (Heb 10:1-22). He doesn't even remember your sin anymore (Heb 10:15-18).

Unfortunately, we don't view God's people this way (Eph 1:3-5). Most Christians only see other's sin and flaws. Frankly, this is evil. Evil only sees sin and destruction. Sadly, we've never looked at people through Jesus' eyes. However, this perspective can't be done on our own. It has to come from your heart out of true Love. The Love he wants you to simply receive.

Just because you have the knowledge of good and evil doesn't mean anyone is a sinner. You have another awareness. Jesus died for all sin (Eph 1:6-11). Now, do you believe it?
"Jesus paid it all.
All to him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain.
He washed it white as snow."


Phil Bevilacqua said...

Slam dunk!!! Grand slam!!!

Dathan Ellis said...

Thanks bro!! It's amazing what we can hear when we actually listen.

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Anonymous said...

D-man, I get what you're saying; it's just tough. Love ya bro., EYES OF CHRIST...

Dathan Ellis said...

The only time it's tough is when we get in the way. His burden and yoke are always easy and light.

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