The biggest need of perfectionist Christians,
is some IMperfection now and then -- the thwarting of our plans by Jesus. Whyzat? We need lots of disillusionment about our human-wisdom. Impossible to aim for perfection unless I'm human-wisdom-dependent -- confident-I-know-what's-best. Jesus loves us well, when He thwarts our plans for perfection -- for things going just right. Control freaks need retraining, so we ooze with the humility and love of Jesus. And patience and contentment. Credit/glory to Jesus for any changes in us.
What does faith/repentance look like for a perfectionist Christian? Aiming for almost-perfect? Or better, mediocre? Oooh, that's too painful.
Why do I even CARE about my performance? Because Jesus and His imputed performance are UNsatisfying to me, except when the Spirit freshly convicts me of my human-wisdom-dependence. And it doesn't last very long in my experience.
No wonder we Christians are so dismissed by the seculars around us. There is so little Jesus-dependency in us.
-- Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships
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