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There was an article a few years ago in which a man gave his idea of a perfect world. He said,

-In a perfect world you would feel as good at 60 as you did at 17. And you would be as smart at 60 as you thought you were at 17.

-In a perfect world, mail would always be early, and the check in the mail would always be for more than you expected it to be.

-In a perfect world professional basketball, baseball, and football players would be complaining because schoolteachers were signing multi million dollar contracts.

-In a perfect world potato chips would have calories, but if eaten with dip, the calories would be neutralized.

Some folks have envisioned the “perfect word” culturally.

-In a perfect world the French are the chefs.

-In a perfect world the British are the police.

-In a perfect world the Germans are the mechanics.

-In a perfect world the Swiss make everything run on time.

My own description of a perfect world might include items like these:

-In a perfect world ice cream would be good for the heart.

-In a perfect world cheesecake would help take off pounds.

-In a perfect world the Tennessee Vols would pull off thrilling victories in every game!

-In a perfect world Pastors would be rock stars.

I wonder, What would make this a perfect world for you?

Of course, we do not live in a perfect world. And part of the reason behind this less than perfect place is our own imperfections.  In short, we are broken people, operating in broken organizations, maintaining broken relationships, and living in a broken world.

Therefore, we strive to make our world closer to the ideal God intended. For example, the preamble of our nation’s constitution stated that its purpose was to provide a “more perfect union.”  But, alas, even our best efforts fall short of purity.  Fortunately, in His love, God provided through His Son the ability for us to experience perfection.

For by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy (Hebrews 10:14)

Who is this one whose sacrifice completes in us what would otherwise be eternally incomplete? Hebrews tells us this too: Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.  (Hebrews 12:2b).

The fallenness of our world impacts all of our lives. But as followers of Jesus, we have the hope that accompanies His promise to complete in us what is incomplete, to make holy what is broken, and to one day bring us to a place of eternal completeness:

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:20-21            Jay





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