Perfection

Perfect1There is a measure for everything in the world, everything but perfection. Perfection is one of those words much like the word Love we tend to use too loosely until it loses the true meaning. There is a measure for everything in the world, but perfection. We look at something we admire a great deal (perhaps a splendid work of art) and call it perfection. A pitcher throws what is known in baseball as a “perfect game” it means no one gets on base, no hits and no runs have been recorded, but is that true perfection? Is there such a thing as the perfect wine to go with a meal? A perfect pair of shoes to go with an outfit? The answer is no to all of these. Let’s face the fact nothing is perfect, nothing we touch will ever be perfect. Perfection itself suggests a state of flawlessness, without any defects. To be perfect implies a condition whereby your action or performance attains a level of excellence that cannot be exceeded.

Perfection truly is unattainable. Its out there, like the stars, and like the stars, it pulls us, guides us, and inspires us. It shows us the way but never moves. We move as much as we can in pursuit, but it remains just out of reach. That said, we should still try to achieve perfection. We should do what we can to perfect ourselves in body, mind, and spirit. We should do what we can to chase after freedom and justice, even if we know that both are flawed here on Earth.

“Therefore, you shall be perfect just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matt. 5:48). At first glance, this is a difficult passage to digest. It seems to be calling us to do or be what seems impossible. After all, we have all but concluded: “Nobody is perfect.” Even if we have not God has because Paul states in Romans 3:23 that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Thus each one of us is part of the “ALL” Paul speaks of.

Why chase something that you will never be able to attain? A good question, but this is a question that exposes where the focus of the requester is centered. This person is centered on the destination, instead, we should focus on the exploration. After all, life is a trip that you never will finish. We are already traveling through life from a position of completeness. Why even start the voyage? Because in life, and in chasing perfection, it’s all about the ride. It’s the experience, the moments, and the trip that you experience along the way towards perfection that makes life.

Why take a trip if you will never get to the destination? Would you buy a ticket for a plane ride that would only take you half the way to your destination? It would seem pointless to start such a trip, if the destination was your only goal if the destination was the only thing that mattered. When we as people pursue perfect justice (and fail), we come closer and closer to perfection. In fact, we have already been perfected, yet we are not perfect.

The desire to be perfect often traps and burdens many people and imprisons them with unrelenting stress, often creating havoc in their lives. God allows us to go through things in life to conform us more and more into the image of His Son, Jesus.  This process is known as sanctification, this is hidden in the phrase of Phil. 1:6 where it says, “…will perform it…” In other words, the Lord is “performing” through us, while “perfecting,” in us.  This perfecting will continue until “…the day of Jesus Christ.”  This is a reference to the return of Christ.

This goal many have of being perfect in life is altogether a different story. As flawed beings perfection as we understand it will forever elude us yet, we must be careful to heed the command of our Savior given in Matthew 5:48 to “be perfect” just as our heavenly Father is perfect. He was speaking of the love that is to characterize those who are children of God. That love is to be complete, extending even to those who are your enemies, who hate you and spitefully use you. In this, as in all other things, we must strive to be like Jesus whom the Father remains well pleased. It is only in and through Him that we are presented flawlessly without blemish as in Jude 1:24 “Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.”

In case we missed it. Colossians 1:22 reads “Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.”

If God has gone through the trouble to perfect us, we could put forth a little more effort to accept His generosity by at least acting like we are perfect.

 God’s Peace!

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