Christian Perfection

Hebrews 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 
The other day I read a quote from a book that I was reading that was freeing and a revelation that I always keep in my heart in everything that I do, think, and say.  Here is a quote from the book, “My Utmost for His Highest”, by Oswald Chambers.  “Christian perfection is not, and never can be human perfection.  Christian perfection is the perfection of a relationship with God that shows its self to be true even amid the seemingly unimportant aspects of human life.”  The above scripture testifies to the fact that we cannot please God unless we do everything by faith.  Faith requires us to believe in, trust in Him for every aspect of our lives; which means we must grow closer to Him to be able to trust and believe in Him.  Thus, Christian perfection comes out of faith and desiring to please Him. 
To try to achieve perfection by works is like a dog chasing its tail.  It can never be achieved.  We come to Him and we say look at all the good I have done for you; and all He can say is I could have accomplished all of this without you.  My greatest desire is you.  So, even in works, He is trying to bring us in a closer relationship with Him.  Faith requires us to depend on Him and hear Him for every instruction, for every nudge, for every quiet, still voice in hearing Him, even if that instruction is to do nothing.  That way, in doing nothing, which is sometimes harder than doing something, we become closer to Him.  In this we achieve what God wants – a relationship with Him. 
Most people would say that all this takes is obedience, and in a way that is true.  It is obedience to His voice.  What Jesus was trying to get the religious world to see was that the perception of obedience needed to be changed.  The religious then, and the religious now, think that if they follow the scriptures to the jot and tittle they will be okay with God.  And yet, He is disappointed.  What He desires is that they obey His voice and do it while referring to and according to His written word.   This makes God –  a living God, and not just a God of instructions.  Everything that God has done, and will do will is to the same purpose; reconciling His people unto Himself.  This is what pleases Him.

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