Hebrews 10:1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason, it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
A perfect streak for days… weeks…. months…and then it happened…I missed a day in my Bible app! The counter started back at day one and the perfect start to my day was on a path of disappointment and dismay. I refreshed the app in disbelief, but no, it was true that busy day yesterday did me in! I got off schedule, off my routine, and off “perfect”.
Yes, a part of me wanted to call the makers of the Bible app and explain the day I had yesterday. If only they understood the unique nature of the day, they would figure out a way to give me a “grace period” to restore my streak. But no, there was no such grace (and no I did not actually call).
However, as I reflected on my disappointment and mild frustration, I started to find myself reflecting on Grace. Could you imagine if salvation was based on how perfect we are? Perfect streaks in life are broken all the time because in and of ourselves we aren’t perfect. God knew this and so He placed ways for us to atone for our lack of perfection. Animal sacrifices for years would be the way to make up for human sinful nature that kept us from keeping our “perfect streaks”. However, God knew these sacrifices were only temporary and every time they were done, they kept reminding us of our sin. So now we were faced with habitual condemnation on top of our broken streak of perfection. Talk about pouring salt on an open wound.
Amazing Grace how sweet the sound! Through Jesus Christ we now have a perfect sacrifice that atones for our imperfections and makes us perfect in the sight of God once and for all! (Heb 10:10; Col 1:28) Despite my broken streak in the Bible app, I am still perfect in the sight of God. This is because He doesn’t look at my works to determine my worthiness, He looks at the perfect sacrifice that covers my broken streaks; Jesus Christ.
As my grandfather use to always say, “Thank God for Jesus!” We are perfect in Him!