Though I was born and raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I will always consider myself a convert. It has only been a little over five years since my conversion began, and it has been full of discoveries, and lessons. One of my latest pieces of received instruction? A lesson of grace.
Apparently, once I came back to the fold I started adopting this “I have to be perfect in every way” complex. My train of thought was “We are followers of Christ, and He is therefore our example. If we are to be like Christ, and He is perfect, then so are we supposed to be perfect like He!” Well, I tell you, that certainly caused a lot of issues in my life (having that attitude) but thankfully I have been able to work on that weakness of mine. And now I would love to share what I have learned with you!
In life, as well as in The Church, we hear some of the same things over and over and over again. Well, what a blessing is that! Life is about progressing. If we only heard any one important concept or principle but a few times, we would be missing out. We reach different stages in our life constantly, and likewise understand things more deeply at one point versus another. Consequently, something I – as well as many – have heard over and over and over again is that “Christ’s grace is sufficient.”
Here I was trying to use my own knowledge to attempt “perfection.” Not the best idea. It wasn’t until recently that I realized all the follies I had cultivated due to that incorrect process.
We cannot strive to reach our own idea of “perfection.” We are spiritually handicapped, and that is why we need Christ’s grace. He will be the One who makes up the difference when we knock at heaven’s door. God allows no unclean thing in His presence. He literally is not permitted to. That is what Christ is for. He is the one that has the power to pull us up the rest of the way. Not only when we reach the gates on high, but quite importantly, here as well.
Don’t strive for your perception of perfection. It doesn’t work. Do your best and ask Father in the name of the Son for your Savior to step in and make up that significant difference. If you do so, you will be much better off than if you were trying to rely solely on you.
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