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I read a verse the other day that I’ve read many times before.  The end of it stuck out to me like it hadn’t before.  Here it is:

For by that one offering [Jesus’ death on the cross] he forever made perfect those who are being made holy. – Hebrews 10:14

Did you catch that?  He has made us perfect and yet we are being made holy, still in process.  How does that work?

Once Jesus took on our sin and opened the door for forgiveness, God now sees us as right with Him, righteous, perfect, even though we’re still learning, growing, and becoming more of what He planned for us to be.

We’re perfect in His eyes because we’re covered by Jesus’ sacrifice, but we are still being made perfect and holy as we walk day by day with Him.  It’s a miraculous paradox!  As I think about it, it makes Jesus’ sacrifice and God’s grace even more beautiful and loving and wonderful and soul-saving.

It also takes a huge load of guilt away.  It drives home the fact that we don’t have to earn God’s pleasure in us, or do “enough good” to make Him love us and answer our prayers.  Because of Jesus, we are right with God.  Plain and simple.  Our efforts to stay close to Him and become holy like He is are a fitting response to that awesome, like-nothing-else love.

So the next time you start to get down on yourself because you messed up or because you are recognizing one of your flaws, remember that in God’s sight, if you trust Jesus and accept His sacrifice for your sins, you are in good standing already.  No need to fear!  He is not way up high shaking his finger at you, or turning away from you in disappointment when you fall short.

God loves you.  He is your proud, faithful, patient and forgiving Father.

You’re in process, but as God sees it, you’re just perfect.

Christ made a single sacrifice for sins, and that was it! Then he sat down right beside God and waited for his enemies to cave in. It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very imperfect people.   Hebrews 10:14  The Message