Take time to read Romans 4 again and meditate upon it today. We are continuing our focus on the religion of perfectionism. In other words, a religion of perfectionism is having a religion that is dependent upon me being flawless and sinless.
So for today, consider a few questions:
Think about it, do you really believe that Jesus went through all that agony at the cross so that you could live your life in constant uncertainty and spiritual torment? Our Lord did not suffer so that you and I would live a life without hope, joy and peace. Jesus did not present Himself flawless before God so that we could drive ourselves and others mad trying to be flawless.
When you think of God and the Judgment Day, what comes to mind? Think of that day when you will see God face to face. What thoughts come to your head? If all you have is fear and anxiety about that, then please consider how your thinking about God (and yourself) needs to change. “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7). God wants His people to have confidence, peace and no fear regarding the day of judgment. 1 John 4 is very plain about that.
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.
(1 John 4:15-19)
What is your motivation for your works for God? Two Christians can do the very same deeds and works, but have two very different motivations for them. One does them out of gratitude for God’s grace, and another is trying not to get zapped so he can “somehow” make it to heaven. Striving to be holy like God should be a motivation borne out of deep love for God. This motivation is nothing like working to be flawless to “earn” salvation from God (Titus 2:11-15; 1 Peter 1:13-25).
One final article on this to come tomorrow, Lord willing.