The Perfect Grapefruit

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Three-year-old Joshua decided grapefruit were the most delightful snack God ever created. My daughter said every time Joshua spotted them on the counter, he was instantly “hungry” and needed a citrus fix.


On the other hand, his four-year-old brother had a much different idea about the Ruby Red. What Joshua called sweet, Noah thought bitter. What Joshua begged for, Noah avoided like the plague. Same fruit. Just different perspectives.


Perfection is a little like the grapefruit. 


To us, perfection is bitter, tedious and rigorous, with demands that are never satisfied. Perfection demands complete adherence to some unwritten law and stands vigilantly unbending despite the weaknesses of life.


To God, however, perfection looks quite different. For it’s not a flawlessness of action that the Father considers perfect. But a whole-hearted, sweet surrender is all He is really looking for. 


When our intent and our action doesn’t quite match up (and it will happen – remember Romans 7:17-18?), we ask His forgiveness and renew our original intention. It’s just that simple. 


God’s requirement isn’t a pristine existence, but a pliable state of the will.


The Psalmist got it:


Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired; My ears You have opened; Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required. Then I said, ‘Behold, I come…I delight to do Your will, O my God.” (Psalm 40:6-8).


It’s all about attitude, not accuracy. 


So how are you going to look at perfection? 


Father, I’ve been going for faultlessness of appearance, not heart. Yet, it’s gradually dawning on me that You are more concerned with a submissive will than an immaculate walk. Free me up from stressing about how I look and focus me on Who I belong to instead. Remind me often of this truth, and bind up satan from deceiving me otherwise. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.