June 19, 2019
Perfect in His Eyes
But [you were purchased] with the precious blood of Christ (the Messiah), like that of a [sacrificial] lamb without blemish or spot.
─ 1 Peter 1:19 AMPC
“What happened to your forehead?” a coworker asked. Alexandra smiled and reached up to brush her hair forward a bit to cover the birthmark. It’s so odd, she thought, some people notice it right away and others overlook it for quite some time before asking about it.
We all have birthmarks, moles, bumps or blemishes. Even if we are fortunate enough to not have them on the outside of our body, we carried them in our hearts before we accepted Christ. As believers, Jesus’ sacrifice washed us clean, and freed us from the dark spots sin leaves on our hearts.
God sees us– not as who we were before Christ – but who we are after we accept Him. Jesus was perfect but chose to be made imperfect, so we could be presented holy and without blemishes. He, who was without sin or blemish, traded places with us so that we could be seen as perfect in our Father’s eyes.
God’s plan of salvation was not an afterthought. His plan was set in motion long before the world began. We are made perfect through God’s love for us and the redemptive power through the blood of Jesus.
Today’s One Thing
When you struggle with how others see you, or even how you see yourself, remember that God sees you as perfect because of His great love. Search God’s Word for examples of how He sees you. Here are a few to get you started: Ephesians 1:4, 1 John 3:1, Psalm 139:17-18 and Zephaniah 3:17.