Jesus Makes Us Perfect

For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever
those who are being made holy.

~ Hebrews 10:14 ~

Dear friends,

We walk in the newness of life because of what Jesus Christ did for us in reconciling us to His Father (Romans 6:4, 2 Corinthians 5:17). The Righteous One suffered and died for the unrighteous, in order that we may be brought to the Father (1 Peter 3:18, John 14:6).

It’s humbling, yet marvelous, to know that through Jesus’ death and resurrection, that imperfection can be made perfect through Him.

Camellia japonica, “Pink Perfection.” Sarah Berg © 2017

A friend saw this flower on the walkway to her front door and sent its image to me. It’s so perfect in both symmetry and beauty! Just looking a it, I could feel the velvety softness of each petal. I liken it to “a kiss from the Lord!”

When I found out its name is “Pink Perfection,” I couldn’t help but think of how Jesus made us perfect in Him!

What an incredible gift He is to us! He made us perfect, not just for a day, week, month, or year, but forever!

I saw what remains of this flower this week, it’s brown and wilting. It was, to me, a beautiful illustration of how He takes us while we’re wilting away in the world, breathes His Spirit into us and makes us new creations! This is truly amazing grace!

Look at what Paul says about us being in Christ:

This means that our knowledge of men can no longer be based on their outward lives…. For if a man is in Christ he becomes a new person altogether—the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new.

Isn’t this incredible news! Don’t we want this for everyone that we know or meet?! Paul continues to encourage us to be Christ’s ambassadors to a world that is dying without Him.

All this is God’s doing, for he has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ; and he has made us agents of the reconciliation. God was in Christ personally reconciling the world to himself—not counting their sins against them—and has commissioned us with the message of reconciliation. We are now Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were appealing direct to you through us. As his personal representatives we say, “Make your peace with God.” For God caused Christ, who himself knew nothing of sin, actually to be sin for our sakes, so that in Christ we might be made good with the goodness of God (2 Corinthians 5:16-21, J. B. Phillips).

True life in Jesus Christ isn’t a mystery that we have to search for, figure out, or a puzzle that we have to piece together, it’s a free gift of God because of what Jesus did for us!

Like Paul, my prayer is:

…that out of the glorious richness of his resources he will enable you to know the strength of the spirit’s inner re-inforcement—that Christ may actually live in your hearts by your faith. And I pray that you, firmly fixed in love yourselves, may be able to grasp (with all Christians) how wide and deep and long and high is the love of Christ—and to know for yourselves that love so far beyond our comprehension. May you be filled though all your being with God himself! (Ephesians 3:14-18, J. B. Phillips)

This is our prayer, dear Father, that others may be drawn to You by Your presence in our lives. Jesus encouraged us to love one another because that’s how the world knows that we are His disciples (John 13:35). We may not see each other as perfect and beautiful, but You do, and it’s by Your love in us that we can love others. Let us be like magnets, Father, attracting others by Your love in us, as we go about our daily lives, ambassadors of Christ to a dying world. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Doris and me

A note on being an ambassador of Christ: This weekend, a family I know celebrates the life of a beloved mother and grandmother who is rejoicing in the eternal life Jesus gave her.

Doris, through her love, joy of life, and deeds brought “much joy and comfort,…” and her “kindness…often refreshed the hearts of God’s people” (Philemon 1:7).

Doris was and will continue to be God’s “Pink Perfection” gift to us, as well as a model of how we’re to love as He loves, so that we too, can refresh “the hearts of God’s people.”

Love,
Maria

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