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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Be perfect

Ever have one of those days when you just don't want to get out of bed? The covers are warm, the house quiet and you can't image a more wonderful place? Then your alarm explodes, the baby starts crying and the whirlpool of life begans to suck you in. There are 86,400 seconds in a day and sometimes you wonder why you can't have just a few for yourself. Some time to take off the pressure of life, and be free of all expectations. To not worry about performance or obligation, but to just be? What ever happened to living the perfect life, and why does everyone need me to be perfect for them?

We get so caught up in these obligations to our fellow man that we fail to meet God's own expectation. Are you ready for this because I'm going to lay it on pretty thick.
"Be Perfect as your Heavenly Father is Perfect."
But....He said what????....He can't mean....there must be another explanation.
Check it out for yourself, Matthew 5:48, red words, Jesus speaking.
Ok, lets get right to it because you won't believe how this is possible.

The word perfect (translated from teleios) relates to the words goal, purpose or completion. While God's perfection is absolute; man's is relative reaching the goal set for him by God with each individual different according to one's God given ability. Now read Romans 12:1-3
Simply said to be perfect is to complete the purpose or goal.
There is another word (anamartetos) which is without sin or sinless. If that is what you think being perfect is, that's nice but that is not what is being referred to in Matt 5:48 or Romans 12:2
Do you think you have a purpose in life? Does God care that you have a goal in mind? Absolutely.
The perfect man is one who has attained his moral end, the goal for which he has intended, namely, to be a man Obedient in Christ.
So if perfection is living for God, Loving Jesus and being a disciple, obeying the Words of Christ then is it to far out of reach? Isn't that the best part about being a Christian, Loving God? Having a purpose?
It's nothing to brag about, being perfect, because its relying purely on His Grace to use the talents He gave you. So be happy that something in your life is perfect. Then you can rest with perfect peace in His perfect will.