Bible Reference: But when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 1 Corinthians 13:10 (NIV)
Paul had a rough start as a missionary, facing opposition in each city he entered. When he arrived in Corinth, mentally and emotionally battered from his previous stops, he faced yet another crisis. It seemed as if he would receive no rest from his enemies as he sought comfort from God.
We find ourselves in less than perfect situations daily. Whether it’s in our jobs, relationships, or finances there are things that go wrong, days that seem endless and stages of life when we wonder if we’ll ever find rest again. However, we can find rest in the blessed assurance that there will be a day when all the imperfect moments—all of our failures and shortcomings—will fade away and be replaced by infinite glory. We are children of God and we were chosen to be victorious. Even if it feels like we’re losing the battle sometimes, we were hand picked to win the war.
Christmas is a stressful time of year. There are gifts to buy, meals to prepare, and gatherings to organize. It’s easy for something to go wrong and throw a wrench in our plans. However, we must remember the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus came to be our savior and wipe away the imperfect pieces of our lives. As we anticipate the coming of Christ, let’s remember that when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. No matter what trials and tribulations we face in this life, there are better days coming—days when all the imperfect will disappear.
Christ is the coming perfection that will make all imperfections disappear.
- How can you greet imperfect situations with a more positive perspective?
- In what ways can you help others see past their failures and look towards a hopeful future?