A call for perfection

BethanySMC - Friday, 30 December 2011 01:07

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matt. 5:48

Often you can hear “I am not perfect” as an excuse for a transgression here and there. As God’s children, we are called to be as perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. By nature, none of us can achieve such perfection in our own strength. If we make excuses for the mistakes we make – we go further and further away from our calling. Every time we transgress, it should produce a godly sorrow and repentance for the fact that we are not what we are called to be, followed by determination newer do such things again. Only in such case, God’s grace and mercy can cover us and restore to us our righteousness.

There are many details in the Holy Scriptures that address the practical aspect of perfection that we should possess. To be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect – is impossible without being His child, knowing Him and His divine help along the way. Unless you are born again – such perfection will be unreachable and foreign, would seem legalistic and unreasonable. The world rejects God and His ways and if you love this world you will reject this call to be perfect as well. However, if you love God and your nature has been changed through faith and the word of God – I know this is your ultimate goal to be just as your Father – holy and perfect.

The more you know God, the more you become a true reflection of Him. Jesus knew His Father well; He spent much time in His presence. When people looked at Him, how He lived and what He did, they could not but say, it is impossible to do that, except God be with Him. John 3:2. It is truly so, unless God is with you and you know Him personally, you will not be able to be as He is. Same is true if you do not know His word and if His word has not found good ground in your heart – not much can be expected. However, each of as will be held accountable to the standards of the word of God, where expectations are great and the goal is set high. Let us not shoot low lest we be called “wicked and slothful servants” such servants will be sentenced “into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Mt.25:26-30

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