It never fails. Every time we go out of town, I rush into this frenzy to clean, straighten, and make sure when we arrive back home, the house looks like a maid came while we were gone. This weekend was no different. As we prepared to head to Lake Somerville to camp for a couple of nights and then visit Texas A&M for their Chemistry Open House day, I immediately began the process of trying to make the house look perfect before we walked out the door.
Another temptation I also struggle with is feeling like our house has to be just right and the timing just right before we have anyone over for dinner or just to visit. The very idea of shoes and clothes on the floor or the bathrooms not cleaned is overwhelming when the thought of someone coming over is brought to my mind. And yet, Jesus came to earth anyway. He died to His perfect world and came and visited us in our messed up sinful ways.
“For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” Romans 5:6-8
Dying to perfection takes on a much more personal role when we see all that Christ gave up in order to allow us to have a relationship with God Almighty. Am I wiling to lay aside my “perfect home” (not that I have ever achieved it anyway) in order to welcome even the least of these in so that the gospel can be proclaimed? Am I willing to lay aside the “perfect timing” for a dinner party in order to further encourage fellow believers? Am I willing to forsake the “perfect opportunity” for family time in order to partake in an enjoyable spur of the moment field trip, football game, or a walk on the beach? Jesus’ example of dying to perfection helps keep our priorities in check and to really allow us to love one another as He did by giving up His home in heaven to come and live and die for our sins.
The only way Jesus would be able to live a perfect life would be able to live a life that was totally died to wanting it His own way. Isn’t that what perfection is? Doing it just the way you want it to. While this post is not exactly the way I want it to be, it will just have to work so that I can enjoy some family time at the Lake.
Lord help us today to die to our perfection and to live in your love.