Michael Jordan is as perfect as a basketball player that has ever existed. Micheal went 6-0 in the NBA Finals. Micheal Jordan also won the finals MVP six times during those six finals. All the great things Michael did on the court he still missed over 9000 shots in his career, he lost over 300 games, and 27 times he was asked to make the game winning shot and missed. The idea of perfection is not something we can wrap our mind around. There is nothing on earth that we can compare to the idea of perfection.
So when I began to read John Wesley’s “A Plain Account of Christian Perfection”, I was not sure what to think. The fact that perfection is not something I can wrap my finite mind around was troubling. The good news is that by the end of this work, I understood Wesley’s intent was not to try and convince us that perfection is attainable, but that God’s work in us is perfect. Wesley spends this work trying to convince us that following Christ is an all or nothing conquest. Wesley writes, “These convinced me, more than ever, of the absolute impossibility of being half a Christian.” When we are on this pursuit to be the type of person who gives everything to God, all the time, and in every way, that is the pursuit of Christian perfection. The perfection is not in the end product of perfection, but in both the perfect creator and the perfect pursuit to please God. This does not mean that we will ever be perfect or get it right every time, but in the pursuit there are perfect moments.
Our pursuit of Christian perfection can be summed up in this idea by Wesley, “O grant me nothing in my soul may dwell, but thy perfect love alone.” The perfection is in the perfect love that comes from God and in our allowing the Holy Spirit to inhabit all of us.
Another Great Resource about this subject: Christian Perfection Seedbed Seven Minute Seminary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ1KMocOCoo
John Wesley, A Plain Account of Christian Perfection (Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 1971)