Perfection

Perfection, once again, is not something that I fool myself into thinking that I will ever attain. And if I were close to perfect, it would be by the grace of God, only.

Doesn’t Psalm 127:1 say, “Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.”

He has saved me. From hell. From death. From my sins.

Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

I feel great guilt and pain when I know that my actions are not reflective of the salvation He has granted me. That is enough to inspire me to evaluate all areas of my life according to His standards. The wonderful thing about the Holy Spirit is that He is not accusatory when He tells us we are doing something wrong. The devil is the accuser.

Doesn’t Revelation 12:9-11 say, “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

The Holy Spirit will move you to grieve that you are grieving the Lord with your actions. The guilt He inspires does not make me want to beat myself up, but change.

Doesn’t Ephesians 4: 29-32 say, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

And change, I have learned by experience, is successfully granted by God. That’s the whole point. He gets the glory for my salvation. He gets the glory for my transformation. He gets the glory because He is glorious and worthy. (Don’t think I don’t reach for my own glory most times, unsuccessfully.)

As the song goes, how awesome is my God!

My point was not to exclude everything non-Christian. My point was to broaden my exposure to Christian artists that are similar to music I am currently listening to. The final hope being that I could find better Christian music and be able to listen to that music more than the non-Christian music I listen to.

I’m talking about perfection after being saved.

As Jesus said in Matt. 5:47-48 “And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

The context of the passage is that Jesus is talking to believers.

My intention is not to bash non-Christian artists. As I see it, my salvation was given to me freely. I am to be a witness unto others.

Doesn’t Isaiah 43:12 say, ‘”I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, and there was no foreign god among you; Therefore you are My witnesses,” says the LORD, “that I am God.”‘

I think if I were to sing the praises of non-Christian artists, many would question my faith and my sincerity. I don’t live to make right with any human, but even if I enjoy and can control my own musical interests regardless of religious association, I may cause others to stumble by living so freely!

Doesn’t Mark 9:42 say, “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.”

I do not want to sing the praises of God with my lips, and hear in my own car, on my own CD an artist spit on His glory and power and worth or the things He says are righteous. It seems contrary and hypocritical of me to do that. I don’t see how I am pleasing Him by riding the fence so to speak.

Doesn’t Luke 16:13 say, “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

Me, myself, I am convicted of this. I never said anybody else should do or think like me.

Doesn’t Ephesians 5:8-10 say, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.”

Romans 10: 1-4, 8-10, 13
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

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