Sermon Illustrations

I’m not talking about perfection, but I am talking about a desire for perfection.

“Let me explain with an example from marriage. Let’s suppose my wife asks me to go to the store and buy some things, but I deliberately buy a number of other things instead. It is not a mistake on my part; rather, I deliberately fail to get as much of this as I should get, and I get another brand of that than I should have gotten, and I omit some other things from the list altogether. What would be going on in such a case? I suggest that what would really be going on has little to do with any individual items that I didn’t buy. My actions would be saying something about the larger, deeper issue of my relationship with my wife.

From Gene Gregory’s Sermon: Marks of a Christian