Just perfection. Lose the “ism”

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. Phil. 3:12

This verse comes after Paul talks about shedding baggage and insignificant distractions in order to live out a life of discovering Christ. A call to perfection does not involve walking through a minefield of “thou shalt nots” trying to avoid stepping on one, but rather invites us to partake in His divine nature and experience the identity He gives us through redemption. We can’t make ourselves perfect. We can only partake in the perfection of Christ who has done everything necessary to redeem us. As we follow Christ we are catching up to the life that He intended for us and to the person who He has already made us.

Lord, free me from unrealistic perfectionism and general uptightness and help me be more aware of who I am in You and because of You.