Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, December 11th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 63)
In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for Whom and through Whom everything exists, should make the Pioneer of their salvation perfect through what He suffered.
Hebrews 2:10 (NIV)
Was Christ Himself an imperfect hero?* Because according to God's Holy Word, perfection is a process men can choose. It relates to a heroic finish.** Surely, no other finale on earth has ever been as glorious as His. Just as surely, it might only be topped when He returns in heavenly splendor.

Therefore, if Jesus is our Example, we must choose a glorious finish, too. Because how we started doesn't matter. Most people thought Jesus started poorly. Born in a stable to simple parents, He didn't have money, status or looks.***

All of the mistakes we've made don't matter. Okay, so Jesus didn't make mistakes, or at least none that could be called a sin. But the Lord doesn't expect that of us. He expects contrition and repentance: a continuous, full-hearted effort...

To walk, talk, love, help and act like Jesus. Yes, it's an impossible mission, but...

1) Our Lord loves to do impossible things.
2) In our never-stop push, we will improve.
3) We'll grow more and more like our Role Model.
4) We'll surely become imperfect heroes.

To Be Continued...

* Short article: (Heb. 5:8-9) Was Jesus imperfect or incomplete?

** The Latin root of the word, perfection, means 'a finishing':

*** 'He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His Appearance that we should desire Him' (Isaiah 53:2, NIV).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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