Mom's Devotional Bible - Monday, April 7, 2014

Toward Perfection

Matthew 5:43–48

Additional Scripture Readings: 2 Corinthians 12:9–10; Hebrews 12:1

Perfectionism, a disposition to regard anything less than perfect as unacceptable, has been growing over the past decade. In our SuperMom, self-sufficient, competitive age, we struggle with an inadequacy that grows out of a belief that the way we are simply isn’t good enough.

This disease has crept into the Christian community as well. Caught between our sinfulness and our ultimate glorification, we aren’t sure where to set our sights. Some of us believe so much in grace that we give verses like Matthew 5:48, “Be perfect . . . ” little attention. And then others can see nothing but the command and their personal imperfection in comparison.

God doesn’t ask us to be perfect today. Today is when we’re supposed to be dependent, helpless creatures in need of a Savior. But today is when we have the opportunity to grow more like Jesus. In our words. In our thoughts. In our actions. The challenge we face as moms is not to be perfect today but to walk today in the direction of perfection.

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