Jesse Cupp has an an amazing father’s heart. He interned in Global Legacy for Steve Backlund in 2011-2012. Now a 1st year Revival Group Pastor at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, he and his wife are changing the world one day at a time. Read Jesse’s post about perfectionism below.
God is Not a Perfectionist
One of the greatest weaknesses I have worked on is one that can be easily mistaken at times as strength. It is the trait of being a perfectionist. It is definitely a good quality to pursue excellence. But there is a fine line between excellence and perfection. The former is done through a spirit of honor and the latter a spirit of criticalness.
As a person who grew up with perfectionistic inclinations, I had the tendency to be hard on others and myself when things did not go just right. This mentality is never satisfied until the person of emphasis successfully fulfills the nitpicking expectations blemish-free.
That may explain the broken game controllers I used to have when I kept failing in Super Mario Brothers. It also explains why I have quit so many endeavors before I ever reached the point of breakthrough that could have developed some new skills.
It seems as though a lot of my Christian life has also been eaten up with discontentment as I waited for life dreams to land in my lap. Until that would happen, I felt I did not have much to show for myself.
Christ is not a perfectionist! I was surprised to learn this over the prior years of my Christian walk! He does love perfection. But thankfully, instead of demanding it out of us, He works it into us through grafting our nature together into His perfect nature.
I discovered that God is not nearly as concerned about the end product as He is about the process. He sees the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10) and already sees the finished product of perfection in those who walk with Him (Hebrews 10:14).
If He wanted to, He could zap us into a state of completion right now. But that would take away from the glory of the journey He loves to walk us through.
Philippians 1:6 says, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus,” (NASB). The time frame between the good work God began in us and the day of Christ Jesus is called, “process.” That is where our perfecting happens.
God accepts you as you are today! He is not hung up on who you have not yet become. He is patient and He is not in any hurry.
Since God is not judging our today by our future’s potential, we should learn to take a deep breath and relax. He is not a perfectionist, and neither should we be. Resting in where we are at in the present is a key to our success.
This does not mean we do not keep moving forward; it just means we can choose to do it with joy and peace, knowing that we are successful throughout the entire journey. True success is from the inside, and promotion is simply a reward for our success.
We need to always remember that each phase of progress we make in the direction we are going is true success. We do not have to wait until we have reached our final destination before we rejoice and be glad. We are successful every time we do well with what is given us. We are successful every step forward we are able to make.
Let us all take a look at the distance we have personally made in the journey of life and get happy that we have made progress. Every time we move one inch forward toward the place God is taking us, let us triumph in our victory!
God is not a perfectionist waiting for our full arrival before He celebrates us. He rewards us all along the way, if we just stop long enough to receive it. He is praising you for your pursuit of Him and your advancement into maturity. He absolutely loves the process of perfecting us.
Do not wait to celebrate success until you have reached your final goal. That is perfectionism. As my mentor, Steve Backlund says, “Learn to celebrate incremental successes along the way!”
I challenge you to take some time to meditate from where you have come. Think about how far you have come in whatever season of life God has you. Why not celebrate your progress with God starting now? It may be long overdue!
About Jesse and Jessica Cupp:
Jesse and Jessica serve at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Jesse is a Revival Group Pastor for Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM) for the 1st year class. Jessica served as a flow team co-leader for Healing Rooms, and she now partners with Jesse in pastoring the revival group for BSSM.
Jessica is currently working full-time as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and a Registered Dietician (RD) at a local Native American health center.
Jesse graduated three years of BSSM in 2012, where he interned for Steve Backlund in Global Legacy. The internship trained him in itinerant (travel) ministry and church networking.
Together, Jesse and Jessica have a heart for revival and kingdom-expansion in America and the nations abroad. Their primary vision is to help restore wholeness and the vibrance of the love and glory of Christ to His Body. Some of their main focuses of ministry are in liberating and empowering the Church and activating gifts of the Spirit. Their two greatest passions are encountering the glory of God and assisting churches to thrive so the local body can bring regional transformation. Jesse and Jessica also have a special place in their heart for strengthening pastors and leaders.
Website and Blog: www.fromtheoverlow.com
Twitter Account: @JesseCupp