This is part 3 of a 3 part blog series over 1 Peter 1:3-9
Read Part 1 here.
Read Part 2 here.
Salvation is available because of our faith, not our perfection.
As a type A, slightly OCD, complete control freak – I have this innate, unhealthy, even sinful desire for perfection. I don’t even notice it sometimes but I strive to control, organize, and micromanage everything to go as planned and when I mess up, I have a really hard time forgiving myself. While I’m grateful every day for the grace I have received through Christ and while I’ve learned through that to extend grace to others, I’m not so great at extending it to myself when I mess up. I hold myself to a standard of perfection in so many areas of my life when Jesus wants me to see myself through his eyes and He holds me to a standard of Grace.
Maybe that’s you too? Or maybe you’re just like me about 11 years ago? Maybe you, too, carry an invisible (or maybe even sometimes visible) check list of do’s and don’ts to be a perfect Christian or perfect wife, daughter, employees, mother, Sunday School teacher, etc. This is not living in freedom and this is not living as God has called us to live. Until I got to college and plugged in to a community of believers on campus, I had always lived such a legalistic life and held others to the same; a life of judgement on myself and others. God calls us to more. Perfection can no longer be our standard – GRACE must be our standard if we are to live the life of Freedom that God has given us the authority to do through our salvation!
In 1 Peter 1:8-9, Peter writes, “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of our faith, the salvation of your souls.” <—- Salvation = the outcome of our faith!!
Because of our faith, we obtain salvation! Salvation is not the byproduct of our perfect Christian lives, ladies! It’s by our faith! So hang up your checklist, hang up your obsessive need to control, your perfect big plans for this big American dream life because God is not concerned if you have gotten married yet, bought that dream house or climbed that next step on the corporate ladder. God is not concerned where you are in life compared to others your age. God does not want our perfect plans or our tired attempts, he wants our hearts and he wants our faith and it’s only through faith that we will obtain salvation.