Be Perfect


Devotion:  Matthew 5:48

Perfect!  I often envy Type A personalities.  These women and men are awesome to watch!  Everything must be as perfect as possible; their whole world kept in order at all times. That is; all things under their control must be kept perfect at all times.

After all; it was Jesus, the only Person to ever be perfect who said, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

Webster defines perfect in the following way:

a :  being entirely without fault or defect :  flawless <a perfect diamond>b :  satisfying all requirements :  accuratec :  corresponding to an ideal standard or abstract concept <a perfect gentleman>d :  faithfully reproducing the original; specifically :  letter-perfect e :  legally valid

Every human being born to this world is flawed.  Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” So what did Jesus mean when He asked us to be perfect?

Go back and read verses 21-47 of Matthew 5.  Pay close attention to all the phrases stating; “You have heard that it was said.”, as well as the “But I say to you,” statements made by Jesus.  These are key to striving to be perfect.  We are to strive to be Christ like.  He alone is perfect.

          To be perfect is to be as Christ-like as possible.

Even the disciples argued among themselves who would get to sit beside of Jesus in heaven.  What did Jesus say? In Mark 10:38 He asked, “Are you able to drink the cup that I drink and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptize with?”  They said to Him, “We are.” In vs. 40 Jesus states; “It’s not up to Me who gets to sit beside Me; It’s for those whom it is prepared.”

Let’s strive to obey what Jesus said to us.  As we submit to His control, He will help us to be as Christ-like as is possible.  Ask Him to make you Holy as He is Holy.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, I want to be perfect as You were perfect.  I long to be Holy as You are Holy.  May I stay in prayer and in Your Word and obey all You say do.  In Jesus Name.  Amen


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