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S4E2: The Robot of Christianity - Trying to be perfect vs learning to be perfect.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Today, I read Galatians 6 and I talked to God about what was on my mind. I asked him if he expected us to be robots? Basically do everything perfectly without having an opinion that's different than his opinion? At what point does our response to God become disrespectful? Can we tell God, that we can't? Does God expect us to be yes [wo]men, or does he want us to have a relationship with him in which we are honest and then learn why God's ways are best for us? 

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. - Titus 2:11-14

What is the bible? Why do we read the bible? What is the purpose of the bible? (S2E2: Understanding the Bible) The bible should be used as a guide but should not be used as an opportunity to become legalistic. Trying to be perfect is being overly conscious about every moment of your life, which will only lead to anxiety, stress or burnout, but learning to be perfect is allowing Jesus to teach you (and others) how to be like him.When we learn to be perfect, we believe that we need Jesus to change our life. When we are learning to be perfect, we can relax even if we have tons of stuff that Jesus needs to deal with. Jesus's lessons sometimes takes a lot time for a person to understand.  What matters to Jesus is our relationship with him as we progress to be more like him. Knowing that we don't have to perform, but can repent as soon as we know the better that we ought to do, is how we will continue to grow an authentic relationship with Jesus, stress free. The reason why a lot of us ignorantly use our own self-effort to try and be perfect is because of our environment; either our nuclear family or society conditioned us to believe that we are to always strive, so rest in Christ (not laziness in Christ) may seem like a strange concept, or it may seem wrong. Unfortunately, for a lot of people, our culture and family does play a role in the way that we understand the bible, and view our relationship with Jesus, until Jesus teaches us otherwise. 

27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:27-29 

An example of trying to be perfect: 

•Never saying no to something that involves Christianity because we think that it's the Christian thing to do. Only Jesus said yes to God's will, all the time. Even then, as a human, he begged God for a change. Read Matthew 26:36-39,Mark 14:33-36,Luke 22:40-42,John 6:36-38. If Jesus in human nature, had a struggle, how much more will we?

An example of learning to be perfect: 

•Being honest with God about your thoughts and feelings towards him and whatever he asked you to do. When we are honest with God, he can then start to teach us why we are wrong, and the reasons why he's right. Never questioning God about a decision he wants you to make or about something that's written in the bible, makes you a robot without relationship. If you don't believe in something, tell God and then ask him to help you to change your heart, if you're going against God's will. We are not robots, and God knows this! The goal is a relationship with God, and gradual growth to become more Christ like.

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,  as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. - John 17:1-3

Note: I am not saying that God's will is not important, nor am I saying that it is okay not to do God's will. Rather, I am saying that there maybe seasons in which you question God's will, and that's okay, as long as you are talking to God about how you feel about it! Recommended read: S1E8: Why do bad things happen to good people?

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