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You Shall Be Perfect

Matthew 5:48
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Some people are known as “perfectionists”. They’re never satisfied and often have difficulty fully completing a task or project. There’s always another tweak to make or a flaw that must be attended to. Often, just as they get close to actually finishing something, they get distracted by another project. Then another errand. And another duty. The frustration mounts as high as the incomplete “to do” list. There’s too much to get done. Other people expect so much from me. It’s too much WORK to try and be perfect!

Galatians 3:3
Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

We tend to look at perfection as something outside of ourselves. As a goal or achievement. As something we can accomplish by doing something. But we all know that, as humans, we miss the mark. We make mistakes. Because of sin we are imperfect. So God’s command in Matthew 5 can’t be accomplished here on earth by what we do, a work of the flesh.

The perfection God seeks in us is what is achieved at the end of a process called sanctification. To be sanctified is to be set apart for His purpose. The good news is that the ultimate perfectionist has ensured the end result.

Hebrews 10:14
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

When He said “It is finished” our perfection was guaranteed by Jesus’ death on the cross. So what is our part? We are to patiently endure the frustrations and trials of this life, trusting in God as He refines and sanctifies us and brings about His perfection.

James 1:4
But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

So when your “to do” list gets higher and higher and your patience starts running thin, remember:

2 Samuel 22:33
God is my strength and power, And He makes my way perfect.

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