It doesn’t seem too long ago that I was an exasperated 13 year old trying to rid myself of my pesky little sister. At three years old she had taken to following me around and copying everything I said or did. This was even worse when I had friends over – suddenly she’d be a clingy little leech and refusing to leave us alone. And of course my friend would think her just charming. It used to be the most irritating thing in the world when I’d see her copying me.
That’s been awhile. Now I realize that she was learning from me. She wanted to spend time with me and she copied me because I was her big sister. By the time I understood this she was no longer interested in following.
Looking back I think about the role models I had growing up. Who inspired me? Were they positive or negative influences? How much of my personality was shaped by imitating someone else?
Imitation is not inherently a bad thing. It’s who we choose to follow, learn from, and imitate. Our culture is full of influences and voices. We choose (consciously or unconsciously) to follow. When we follow, we learn. What we learn, we use what we’ve learned. It’s our nature.
At Raging River Community Church our pastor is focused on this theme for the year: Covered in His Dust. The concept it that when a student (disciple) followed his teacher, he followed so closely he became covered in the dust kicked from his feet.
What exactly does this have to do with the theme Chasing Perfection? If you’ve read my previous four blog posts you’ll have seen that no one on this earth is perfect, that God works through our weaknesses and that perfectionism is a dangerous mindset. But what does it mean to truly chase perfection?
It means that we are to follow Jesus closely. We are called to be imitators of Christ.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us… Ephesians 5:1-2a
We can’t be perfect while sin remains a power in the world. We aren’t called to be Jesus. But we are to be imitators, striving to remove negative influences from our life and pressing on towards the goal: eternity with our loving God.
Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12
Reader we are to give up the world’s perception of “perfect” and allow Christ to work through our weaknesses. We are to focus on eternity, and the Creator that made us. Then we will truly be chasing perfection.
Yours in Christ,
The Wednesday Witness
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