Everyone examines the word perfection and see’s it slightly differently. When my first wife found out she had terminal cancer, she told me that for 2 weeks she struggled with 2 options 1) live in despair/discouragement,or 2) choose the remaining time to examine her life for things that God had done for her in her life and practice being thankful in all things.
As I supported her for the next 23 months, until she rested fully in Jesus’s arms… I observed “relational perfection” … not “sinless perfection”. She made the most of her remaining opportunities to recognize (in practical ways with others), unique and inventive ways to acknowledge God’s presence, and encourage those to whom she came in contact with…
She spoke often about how choices with diet, exercise, were not the most stellar, but she came to peace with it, and realized that her continued walk with Jesus, gave her solace, and her faith greatly increased.
During her illness, some of the feedback, specifically regarding her cancer, was that this was a natural result of her not following all of the EGW health message. I found it kind of interesting from quite a few SDA’s (and not people from other faiths), with the opinion that there “must be sin in her life” and/or some reason why she had cancer. You have no idea how revolting that is until you see it – occur… with no respect or consideration, human dignity, or just plain compassion./g
This process alone forced me to “detach from” the perfectionistic thinking mindset… “live without a mediator” thinking. I just cant buy that she would of “been lost”, knowing how close she was with Jesus, with her calling and election sure.-- given her living after the “close of probation”… basically I observed my wife being sanctified as part of the process of being thankful. It was something she “received”, because she was “vulnerable” to God’s speaking to her daily, with renewed focus, knowing she had limited time. The wasn’t the “keeping the law”, or adhering to some “expectation of compliance”.
The major object lesson that taught me of her sanctification, were the 40+ teachers that she worked with, that showed up at the wake and funeral, and they spoke of her kindness, her cards of encouragement, sandwiches, and heartfelt concern for others. It’s a sad commentary that so many SDA’s were so externally focused on some “perceived” slight that they didn’t get the deep meaning and grace of her total dependence on Jesus.
Isnt it wonderful, that in order to experience compassion… that you have to pass the “litmus test” of not even being valueable – unless you think the same way…
with kind regards,