[There are] those who are pure in their own eyes
and yet are not cleansed of their filth.
The perfect man does not exist. We all have many opportunities for improvement, a euphemism that is now used when we mean flaws but do not want to highlight the negative aspect. The model for the Christian must be none other than Jesus Christ himself, that is why we identify ourselves as Christians. However, constant and inadvertently we use other models to guide our actions. These other models occupy the place that belongs to God alone, automatically becoming idols that take us off the path on which we should be moving toward spiritual maturity. If we add all the distractions of all kinds that stand in our path of perfection it is not surprising that oftentimes we do not act like God expects of us. The world absorbs us and prevents us from fulfilling the exhortation of the Apostle Paul: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” If we do not have a discipline for reading the word of God daily and for having communication with him through prayer continually we will be exposed to influences from the world and we will have little capacity to resist its attacks and temptations.
When we do not compare with the Lord Jesus but compare ourselves with the imperfect models that we have selected to determine the areas where we have gaps it lowers the bar and we end up getting poor results in our progress toward spiritual maturity. It also causes to deceive ourselves into thinking we are moving ahead when in reality we have made little progress. We must be clear what our goal as we did Paul: “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Let us keep excellence in our mind and our eyes on our Lord and soon we will realize that we are moving ahead effectively on the spiritual realm. To God alone be the glory!