Do not buy into the biggest lie the world is selling today. What is it, you ask? Well, it comes in many forms and phrases. Often it lingers as an idea rather than spoken words. Sometimes it is perpetuated through actions, even when no one says it or thinks it. But, most commonly, it comes out sounding like this: “Nobody is perfect.”
How many times have you heard this? How many times have you said it? Well, stop believing it and definitely stop saying it; it is false.
I know what you would say next (if this were not a blog, obviously). You would say something like, “But, everybody makes mistakes,” or, “Everybody sins.” And, you would be absolutely right (excepting Jesus, of course). But these truths (see Romans 3:23) do not make the statement, “Nobody is perfect,” anything more than a lie. Let me tell you why.
First, some people are perfect–not because they have never made a mistake or will never again, but simply because God has made them perfect. Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by a single offering [Christ] has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” (ESV) I do not know how God did it, but He made a way for us to be perfect through the crucifixion of His Son, Jesus. All I know is that God says that our sins, imperfections, record of wrongs, whatever you want to call all of the rebellious thoughts and acts that have piled up to disgrace and pollute our souls, have been removed. The Bible says they are washed away (Acts 22:16), they are nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14), erased (Acts 3:19), forgiven (Acts 2:38), and forgotten (Hebrews 8:12). If the imperfections are gone…then that leaves perfection. Some people are perfect.
Second, the phrase “Nobody is perfect” is a lie because it is typically used as an excuse. An excuse is not the same thing as a lie, you say? What about when Christians use the excuse of financial giving to get out of hands-on service? What about when believers quote Jesus, saying, “Judge not lest ye be judged,” because they do not want to face the vices and problem areas of their lives? What about when those who claim to follow Christ say that Christianity is all about the heart in order to justify not going to church? Even generally true statements and ideas can be lies if they are used as excuses, or to justify wrong. Satan worked this magic with Eve when he told her that the fruit would give her knowledge. [Genesis 3:5] It was a truth that brought death. It was a truth used to deceive. It was a truth that became a lie. And, so, satan is called the “father of lies.” [John 8:44]
Satan is still at it today. “Nobody is perfect” is nearly always used as an excuse for our mistakes and our sins. “Well, sure I have a problem with my language, but nobody is perfect.” “I know I shouldn’t be watching that, but nobody is perfect.” We throw it around as if the imperfections and sins of others make our sins tolerable and somehow better. We use a truth to deceive ourselves.
But, here is the real truth: Jesus said, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” [Matthew 5:48] Peter wrote (quoting God’s challenge in Leviticus 11:44), “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” [1Peter 1:15-16] Paul said, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children,” before he told us that “the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” [Ephesians 5:1 and 6]
Do not sell yourself and God short. You do not have a perfect past, but you can have a perfect future. You cannot undo what you have already done…only God can do that. But, you can be perfect and sinless from this point forward. Jesus proved it could be done. And, do you remember what Paul said in 1Corinthians 10:13 about God providing a way of escape with every temptation? That means that there is no time that you do not have a choice about sin. And, since you have a choice every time you are tempted, then you can make the right choice every time from now on; you can be sinless. We can be perfect…if we do not buy into the lie.
So, we can be perfect from now on…but will we? Probably not. It is likely that we will still stumble, that we will have a lapse in memory or a lapse in judgment. But, it does not have to happen. And we must not make excuses when it does.
Fortunately, if and when we do sin again, the blood of Jesus can cleanse us of those sins, too, if we are walking in the light. [1John 1:7]
In the words of Paul: “let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” [Galatians 6:9] God has done amazing things for us. The least we can do is pursue holy, blameless, and perfect lives before Him. Aim high and see what happens.