Have you ever looked at your children and thought perfection? I do all the time, especially when my little boy is sleeping in my arms. I think, “How could he be more perfect than this?”
Does that mean that I think my children are perfect? Absolutely not! I know they are human and that they mess up. I feel like the only thing I say to Witten lately is no because he’s constantly into something that he shouldn’t be. Ann Elizabeth is my fun, loving child who thinks she should break down into major fit mode anytime she doesn’t get her away, and Olivia is almost in the double digits, which means the preteen days have begun.
I know that they are not perfect, but there is a love there that looks beyond all of their shortcomings. There is an unconditional love that I have for them that no one can take away. It is the same way with our heavenly Father. When He looks upon us, He sees perfection. Not because we are perfect, but because of the sacrifice of Jesus. He sees us through the lens of the Cross.
Romans 5:19 says, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” We are made righteous through the blood of Jesus, and that’s how our heavenly Father looks at us. Does this mean we go on sinning? Of course not! Just as though we wouldn’t want our own children to continue in their bad behavior just because we have unconditional love for them, so God does not want us to continue in our sin.
We want our children to grow and learn from the things they do wrong, and God wants us to grow as well. Hebrews 5:12-14 says, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
We should be striving to grow and become more Christ-like everyday. We should be striving for that perfection that God sees us as. No, we won’t achieve it in this earthly life, but we will in glory with Him!