Fresh Hope – 19th November 2019

Perfectionism is not from God! The roots of perfectionism are found in religion, which is essentially our attempt to please God through self-effort and striving. It’s performance – where our worth is tied up in the degree of our work. Jesus came to abolish perfection through works (Matthew 5:17)!

Perfectionism will offer you no rest. It will push you to work harder, do more, accomplish more, perform better, and then maybe you will achievea sense of worthiness… but truth is, you never will. Perfectionism is a lie. 

When Jesus proclaimed that He was rest for the weary soul, He was declaring that He was rest for a performing perfectionist (Matthew 11:28-30). 

He is rest from: – Working for approval- The need to achieve for praise- Performing for value – Accomplishing for acknowledgement – Striving for recognition 

Paul reminds us that our wholeness, freedom and true life is not found through us, but through the FINISHED WORK and the gift of grace of our good God (Ephesians 2:8,9). 

God’s approval with us is not based on our works, therefore if His opinion of us is the most valuable in our life, then our works should not be our driving force for a sense of worthiness. 

It doesn’t mean we are the worst version of ourselves – lazy, selfish, and doing a half-hearted job of everything. Infact,  the opposite! We work, serve, and pursue excellence because of His approval towards us, His kindness towards us, His love towards us, and His grace towards us has empowered us! Grace actually enables us to do more than a spirit of perfectionism ever could. 

Working from a place of rest (knowing Jesus finished our need to work for approval) looks like: – Working from love, not for love. – Working from acceptance, not for it – Working from approval, not for it – Working from identity, rather than for it. 

Say no to perfection, and yes to grace!

Emma Burchell

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