Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 19)
Include: Pretenses Of Perfection
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
Psalm 130:3 (NKJV)
Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NASB)
As it is written: 'There is none righteous, no, not one.'
Romans 3:10 (NKJV)
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
James 5:16 (NIV)
Jesus could have visited earth in a variety of ways. He could have walked out of a cloud as a King, High Priest or Prophet. He could have had Himself arrested and crucified for our sins, without spending 33 years among us as a simple Man, without going through birth, growth and life in our rough and tumble world.
Therein, He intended not only to save us from Satan's grip, but also to be our Model: a relatable Example. As Such, He revealed key times of temptations, trials and despair.
1) As a 12-year-old prodigy, Jesus wanted to do God's work. But instead, He humbled Himself, obeyed His parents and went home.
2) When He received the Lord's Spirit and began His desert action, He publicized His private war to teach us who and how to fight.
3) Before He faced His gruesome end, an ordeal He didn't deserve, Jesus expressed raw emotions, in pleading with God for release.
The world's only sinless Person didn't pretend to be perfect.* Instead, He told us of internal and external challenges. Because the communication of suffering crosses borders. It builds an unbreakable bridge with unfakeable honesty.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: When Christian parents fake perfection, refusing to confess their mistakes, concealing their tests and temptations, pretending unending righteousness, their own children won't be fooled for long.
The antidote for hypocrisy is a double daily dose of truth. A strangely large part of my witness (without which I would lose all respect), is a steady stream of owning up. Because I still make many mistakes. Because I'm still a work in progress. But incredibly, Jesus loves me, and He is willing to perfect me.
If we want to convince our critics and model the salvation of saints, let's skip pretenses of perfection. Accountability is the key. Authenticity is the answer.
To Be Continued...
* Very short article: Why Did Jesus Need to Be "Made Perfect" through Suffering?http://www.jesus.org/death-and-resurrection/holy-week-and-passion/why-did-jesus-need-to-be-made-perfect-through-suffering.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.