“Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”
Galatians 3:3, NIV
Many of us today battle with the need to perform and perform perfectly. We call this drive “perfectionism.” Yes, God’s Word instructs us to be perfect, as He is perfect. However, there is a big difference between abiding in our position in Christ and the “flesh trip” of perfectionism.
Perfectionism is self-focused not Spirit-focused. It pushes us so that when we do well, we feel better about ourselves. God never intends for our significance to come from our performance. He intends for our significance to come from our relationship with Him. Do you find yourself today living behind the bars of perfectionism? It is a trap in which no matter how much you succeed you are never satisfied. There will always be someone better.
The curse of perfectionism goes even further when we realize our human effort is foolish! Why is it, Christian, that we will believe that we can do nothing to save ourselves but struggle with resting in God’s Spirit to grow us? Even though God tells us that apart from Him we can do nothing, we still keep striving in the flesh. Having God- ordained goals is wonderful. When we are motivated in the flesh to reach those goals for any other reason than God’s glory, we are acting foolishly, and in light of eternity are accomplishing nothing. Now that God’s Spirit lives inside you let Him daily live through you!
QUESTION: Do you find your significance in your performance? Are you able to trust in and wait upon God’s Spirit to make a difference in your life?