God does not desire perfection
in the first place.
In fact, if you were perfect
in yourself
you would have no need for God.
It is not a failure
to have to depend upon God,
because he is the source of perfection.
But what we do need
is humility.
This is something God can work with,
if we are honest
with ourselves and God,
if we are open
about our faults.
The scripture teaches that God
opposes the proud
but shows favour to the humble,
that he raises up
not the one who is confident
in his own righteousness
but the one who is contrite in spirit,
who can barely look up to God
but casts himself upon divine mercy.
As Jesus said,
the healthy do not need a doctor
but the sick.
We do not need to be afraid of our sin.
Sometimes we want to hide.
It’s a defense mechanism.
But God already sees you,
down to your innermost being.
Let yourself be seen in the light,
in all your naked ugliness.
Know that you are not doing just fine
without him.
Know that you need him.
Lay your head down at his feet,
because those who bring themselves low
God raises up.

‘When Jesus noticed how the guests chose the places of honor,
He told them a parable:
“When you are invited to a wedding banquet,
do not sit in the place of honor,
in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited.
Then the host who invited both of you will come and tell you,
‘Give this man your seat.’
And in humiliation, you will have to take the last place.

But when you are invited, go and sit in the last place,
so that your host will come and tell you,
‘Friend, move up to a better place.’
Then you will be honored in front of everyone at the table with you.
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
(Luke 14:7-11)

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