There are people who read scriptures such as, “be holy for I am holy” in 1 Peter 1:16 and “sanctify yourselves” in Leviticus 20:7 and automatically conclude that a “good Christian” needs to strive for perfection in all we do. Striving for perfection to please God sounds good in theory, but it’s detrimental when we realize it can’t be done.

We may start off strong reading our Bibles and consistently praying, but the first time we miss the mark, the spirit of condemnation can overtake our lives. We’ll feel guilty and feel like we deserve some type of punishment. The next time we miss the mark or marks, an attitude of “what’s the point” can enter our lives and we’ll give up on honoring God altogether.

We must realize God’s standard of perfection will never be accomplished by us. That’s why He sent Jesus. Through Jesus, our perfection was obtained. No matter what we do and no matter how many marks we miss, through Jesus, God’s sees us as perfect, holy, and righteous (Heb. 2:10-11; Heb. 10:10; Rom. 3:22). Does this mean we can do dishonorable things because we’re covered? Of course not, but if we should miss the mark, we’re forgiven and still viewed as perfect through Jesus.

Hebrews 10:14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.