How often when challenged by those who are not Commandment-keepers, “Nobody is perfect…” is heard, but what is worse is when we agree with that accusation! In fact, we tend to use platitudes like, “I’m not perfect, but forgiven” or “I am being ‘perfected’”. I say to you, today, you’d better begin claiming your perfection and learn not to be ashamed of it!
Christ gave His people a command. It is written in this way,
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matt 5:48 (KJV)
Now, I have heard people explain the impossibility of what Jesus commanded, by this excuse, “We are to be perfect in our sphere as God is perfect in His sphere.” This connotes a succession. Is God perfect or is there more perfection to be achieved? If we are commanded to be like God, then this does not go to speaking regarding our “succession”, our “progress” if you will, but our state of being—now! What is keeping you from claiming your perfection? Sin. Is this the problem, for you? Jesus said He has overcome the world. Can you? Aren’t you commanded to do the same, so what is preventing you? If you’re looking for this to be accomplished AFTER Christ arrives, you might be faced with an eternal disappointment. God is not looking for perfection in His people AFTER He has arrived but BEFORE He gets here, especially if He has anything to do with it!
Even Paul caught on to what Christ said, and says it himself,
“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” 2 Cor 13:11 (KJV)
It is said of both Job and Noah they were “perfect”, so is the Bible written in error or is our understanding the problem? I think what is needed is the definition of what “perfect” means. I like this particular definition:
“make (something) completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such a condition as possible.”
Does this sound familiar? Isn’t this what Christ expects from us, to do, with Him? So, why is it you are shamed into admitting you are not perfect? Did God create you flawed and imperfect? Are you going to let a little thing like sin keep you from being perfect? Won’t those who live during the Time of Tribulation have to be perfect, without fault, in order to make it through this time?
“And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” Rev 14:5 (KJV)
If this is achievable then why not claim it for yourself—today? Why do you let the world and satan knock you down and then believe the lie you are not perfect when you serve a perfect God who makes perfect people?
One of my favorite text God gave to me while going through a period of incarceration was this,
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)
I can tell you this, during those years, no matter what was thrown at me, because I trusted God, and kept my mind focused on Him, He kept me in a peace which DID pass all understanding. I was truly in “perfect peace”, and many sought me to understand why I was not stressed, well actually, why I was not more like them! The answer is simply, I was too busy trying to be more like God. If this is your goal today, I would suggest you stop denying the perfection and the perfect peace He is ready to bestow upon you. If someone is willing to give you something, and you have it, but you don’t believe you have it, well, then, you don’t!
June 12, 2015