In my previous post I discussed the simple truth that no Christian is complete yet. We all struggle with life in various forms, and none of us is victorious over every facet of our lives.
Today, I want to discuss some practical how-tos based on that idea. Primarily, understanding this concept frees us from living under the self-imposed burden of perfectionism or legalism.
Here are a few practical responses:
- You don’t have to worry about spiritual appearance. Releasing yourself from desire to appear “holier than thou” means you can live with authenticity. Failure no longer has a hold on us because we understand there is grace for the times we stumble.
- You don’t have to worry about spiritual performance. Preaching to big crowds doesn’t earn bonus points in heaven. Putting on a fake smile doesn’t impress God. When you aren’t worried about being what you’re not or simply doing “big things for Jesus,” you’re free to be authentic.
- You don’t have to fear judgment from other Christians. Christian celebrity culture has muddied the water of holiness. Status and external honor don’t always mean someone is where he or she should be. Our relationship with the Lord should be dependent on His expectations, not those of others.
These are just a few thoughts, but I hope that they point you to freedom in your pursuit of Christ without external expectations. Our hearts need only to be devoted to the One who knows us completely.