Since my attempt at achieving perfection has failed, it doesn’t mean that I stop making an effort to be a godly person. It means I may be trying to obtain perfection for the wrong reason, and in the wrong way. First of all, no one is perfect but God. Now this doesn’t excuse any of us to sin, but if I focus on me and my efforts to make me better, then I’m giving my attention to the wrong person—ME.
If I look at me, I’ll reflect me. But if I gaze and focus on God who IS perfect, then I’ll reflect his image and nature. In this way, I can take no credit for sainthood. Reaching sainthood happens through a relationship where all my energy is focused on Christ rather than on trying to make myself perfect for him. I love what Oswald Chambers once said, “All I do ought to be founded on a perfect oneness with Him, not on a self-willed determination to be godly.”