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Prophetic Endurance

The Nature of Perfection

I have been writing more these days about how perfection is not something we should strive to attain. It is our imperfections that make up our beauty as the body of Christ, and how we love Jesus in spite of what has gone wrong in our lives, or the bad things that have happened to us. Oswald Chambers addresses this issue in 'The Nature of Degeneration', saying: " The nature of sin is not immorality and wrongdoing, but the nature of self-realization which leads us to say,"I am my own god," This nature may exhibit itself in proper morality or in improper immorality, but it always has a common basis--my claim to my right to myself. When our Lord faced people, He paid no attention to the moral degradation of one nor any attention to the moral attainment of the other. He looked at something we do not see, namely, the nature of man."

I love how Antoine de Saint-Exupery puts it, in his book Citadelle, stating that perfection is next to death, and that only in death are we truly perfect. It was Christ who died, and contained perfection for us. When we accept his gift, he lives a perfect life in us, and this leads to our transformation into the person he wants us to be. The book Citadelle is also called The Wisdom of the Sands in English, and is the story of a young man in the desert who matures into a wise ruler of a great empire; the keynote of his rule is to love and care for his people. It was first published in 1948.

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