Last year, my three kids and I flew from Cape Town, South Africa to Michigan to visit my mom, who was in the final stages of metastatic breast cancer.
Upon our arrival, I was shocked to see the drastic deterioration in my mom’s physical state. She didn’t even rise from the couch to greet me, but instead waited for me to bend down to hug her.
When she did stand up, she relied heavily on her walker and even then, her arms were visibly shaking as she shuffled along precariously. Her breathing was labored even with the constant assistance of oxygen tubes, and her feet and hands were completely numb from countless weeks of chemo.
Once we got settled in at the house after our long flights, we called my husband on Skype to tell him that we had arrived safely. He saw Mom on the web cam and asked, “How are you?”
Although she was visibly struggling to move, she answered, “Well, I’ve had a few rough days, but now that Kate and the kids are here, I’m perfect.”
I looked at her, slack-jawed by her choice of adjective, and thought to myself, “This woman in her current condition is about as far from perfect as a person can get.”
But it did make me think about our relationship with Christ and our current condition as we wait for him to arrive. Like Mom, we are weak, unstable and riddled with pain. But as soon as Christ comes, we will be perfect.
In fact, because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we are already viewed as perfect, though we still grow in sanctification every day.
Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Isn’t that amazing?
For my mom, even with cancer cells consuming her entire being, she understood what it meant to be made perfect. She knew and loved the One who had made her perfect, and she rejoiced in him daily.
Not only did she rejoice in her Savior, the author and perfecter of her faith, but she also strived to give testimony to others of His grace in her life as well, even in the midst of tremendous suffering. After all, this is one of our mandates as the people of God, right?
As Colossians 1:28 states, “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.”
As we slog through the mountains and valleys of life, I’d venture to guess that not many of us would use the term “perfect” in response to the simple question, “How are you?”
Yet because of Christ,
we are seen as perfect in his eyes,
we are being made perfect,
and we will be perfect forever in eternity with Him when He chooses to call us home.
What does your ‘perfect’ look like?
Photo taken by my mom, who is now witnessing even more perfect sunsets than this one
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