2007-07-11 / Religion

Inspiration

'Perfect!'
(Pastor James Scarborough, Donalsonville Assembly of God)

We recently had a date on the calendar that we will never experience again--July 7, 2007 (7-7-07). I had not given any thought to this occurrence until I heard some discussion about it on the radio. The announcer stated that some are expecting it to somehow boost their chances of winning in gambling, and a largely increased number of weddings were planned for this date. It might spare some forgetful husband down the road by helping him to remember his wedding anniversary, but I see no basis to view 7-7-07 as anything to do with luck or an avenue of increased favor. But we can use it as a reminder of perfection--specifically the perfection of God.

In the account of creation, we find that God created the heavens, the earth and humankind in perfection. He placed the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, in a perfect environment called the Garden of Eden--a place with beauty beyond anything that our limited human minds can comprehend. The Bible records in Genesis 2 that God made all kinds of trees grow there that were pleasing to the eye and good for food, and in the middle of this perfect garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Besides the beauty and bounty of this garden, the first man and woman had uninterrupted fellowship with God their Creator. There was no fear of sickness and death at the beginning of the lives of Adam and Eve, for such conditions that now plague us were nonexistent at that time. A perfect God created a perfect world so that the perfect man and woman that He created and placed there could live in perfect harmony with Him. Sounds like a perfect situation--and it was, until it became scarred and flawed by sin.

After Adam and Eve gave in to the temptation of Satan, they allowed sin to take away their perfection; God no longer permitted them to abide in the perfect garden: "After He drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life" (Genesis 3:24, NIV). Adam and Eve were no longer perfect; they were expelled forever from the perfect garden, and their perfect fellowship with God was severed. But God remained the same--He was and is still perfect!

There was nothing that Adam and Eve nor you and I can do to regain perfection in the sight of God. Because of sin that has entered the human race, we are all spiritually imperfect and unfit to enter God's kingdom. But our perfect God has a perfect plan for our spiritual redemption. Jesus Christ came and gave His life, so we can be made perfect in our standing with God. There is no doubt that we still have flaws as far as our human nature is concerned, but by believing upon Christ, asking for His forgiveness and receiving Him as the Lord of our lives we can have a perfectly clean soul and the joy of everlasting life.

Do not seek fortune in numbers and chance. Instead, seek for eternal life in the perfect plan of God. Surrender your life to Christ and allow Him to bring you into a personal relationship with the perfect God.

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