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LUKE COOK

John 15:15

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

We spend a lot of time in the pursuit of perfection. We practice that twelve string guitar for hours every day so we can be the next musical virtuoso. We work out day and night so we can be the next big football star. Spending time on bettering and pushing yourself is not bad at all. It’s actually great to have that kind of drive, but it becomes a problem when that pursuit becomes all consuming. And a lot of the time pursuit of perfection can spill over into our relationship with God.

It can happen when we think that the only way God will love us or hear our prayers is if we are perfect. Well guess what? You will never be perfect in God’s eyes no matter how hard you try. But that’s okay because God doesn’t call us to be perfect; he calls us to be his sons and daughters. He knew us before we were even born (Ps. 139:13) and he has already created us perfectly despite our worldly imperfections. The quest for perfection will always leave you wanting to achieve more and more and will continually leave you feeling unfulfilled. But God welcomes you just as you are—his child.

QUESTION 1. Do you find it hard to believe God accepts you when you feel like you are continually disappointing him?
QUESTION 2. Do you live like a son or daughter of God or like a servant who must keep working to make his master happy?
CHALLENGE: Accept that you will fail at times and then accept that you are the child of a God who loves you despite that and welcomes you just as you are.