Mark Affleck

I Ditched Perfection For A Work-In-Progress

June 14, 2018
Spiritual Growth , Stories

The motivation behind my faith walk was all wrong until I ditched the “perfection chase” and embraced this powerful claim by the Apostle Paul: 

“I do not claim that I have already succeeded or have already become perfect. I keep striving to win the prize for which Christ Jesus has already won me to himself.” Philippians 3:12 GNT
Paul is making it crystal clear that his life is a work-in-progress. That he has not yet been made like the sinless Christ. That he will not reach that glory until his own perfection in heaven.
Instead of claiming to be perfect now, Paul continues to pursue becoming more like Christ.
This is what changed everything in my own walk with God. A Christ-like life is not a moment to achieve, but a goal to pursue. I knew at this moment in my life that growing in Christ is not a tab to click for instantaneous results.

My ambition switched to be more and more like Christ in this life. Over time. An ongoing process.

Paul was not content with a mere partial attainment of that which Christ had set before him. The more elevated Paul became in character, the more elevated Christ became to him.
That is how I want to live my life and write my legacy.
So I have committed to stay tethered to God every day, always and forever, to learn how to know him and be more like him.
I ask God to help me stay committed to him every day, always and forever. To learn how to know him better and live my life in a way that becomes more and more like him. To help me along this glorious journey.


How are you managing the “Perfection vs Process” dynamic in your life right now, today?

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