Presence or Perfection?

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The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14).

 

You know these words by rote, but do you experience the Truth in reality?

 

The invisible thoughts of God became visible – into a Being that we could see, touch and hear. 

 

The Son became flesh.

 

(But wait a minute, I thought the flesh profits nothing.

 

And that the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak .

 

In fact, nothing good dwells in the flesh.) 

 

Yep, you’re right. 

 

Jesus came in a weak, good-for-nothing body.  Evidently, He wasn’t even good looking

 

So because He was wrapped in weakness, earthly Jesus had to keep entrusting his flesh over and again to His Father

 

Every single morning when He arose, He had to say, “I give my day to You, Father – My thoughts, emotions, and actions – I hand them over again to You.”

 

Sound familiar?

 

Yes, that is an action that we have to do several times a day ourselves. We too, in our fleshly, fragile body have to repeatedly entrust ourselves to God.

 

Jesus lived on earth like we have to do – moment by moment turning back to the Presence of the Father. 

 

Holy Father,

Putting Jesus on earth in fleshly form seems like a crazy plan. Wrapping HIm in all that weakness looks like a sure recipe for disaster. But, I guess that just goes to show what I know.

 

Because both Your thoughts and ways are so much deeper and greater than mine, You saw this to be the perfect way to get us off the hamster wheel of rule-keeping. Being perfect like You are, doesn’t mean trying really hard. It means that we must be spirit and truth as You are. 

 

Your perfection while on earth was never made totally visible to the masses. Despite the healings and miracles, You weren’t fully recognized for Who You were until after Your resurrection. 

 

Why then do I expect to achieve perfection in this body? Paul didn’t, Peter didn’t , why should I think I can?

 

I am to be clothed in weakness during my stay on earth just as You were. And yet, with the fragrance of my final future. 

 

Your Presence is the goal, not my perfection. Even so, Lord Jesus, come. Amen.