God tells us to be perfect as He is perfect. In the original language, the word for perfect means mature or complete. As an individual it is often misunderstood as an unachievable goal, but what God is calling each of us to do is mature or be perfect. How is this possible to obtain? I am simply Robin – a wife, a mother, a caregiver, a daughter, an artist and a friend. Exactly! Before my name was ever spoken, God said I need a Robin and I will equip her with gifts, talents, creativity, and the choice to walk in maturity – to be perfect. It is in the ordinary days that God through his Son (Jesus) makes us extraordinary. The investment of our perfection always comes with a price or a choice.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 19:21, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Let me see – if I sell my home, my possessions and give to the poor then I will be perfect? Where will I live? Many times His Word is a heart matter. Do I hold close to my possessions more than I am willing to help others? Do I make idols out of earthly things? Each one of us must answer this question before we can begin to be perfect.
Caution! Matthew 6:1 tells us not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. While it is within us to succeed in life you must ask yourself – is it at the cost of others? Do we need to be heard so that our friends will know what we have done. We all want to be affirmed and accepted. It begins as a child with a parent, it graduates to a teen with their peers, and it escalates to an adult with everyone around them. We all want to be affirmed and many times feel empty because we are seeking this affirmation in the wrong place. How many times have I placed myself in a place where I wanted to be seen by others only to be let down by false expectations. Practice your righteousness in front of the Father and you will have a heavenly reward.
Many times fear of failure prevents us from being perfect. I’m not good enough; I am a student – I’m not smart enough to go to college, where will the money come from; I am a single mother – I fear I will never marry again; I am a father – I fear I won’t be able to provide for my family. I am old and blind – I fear I am a burden to those who care for me. We must cast this fear from our thoughts. I John 4:18 tells us “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.” The one who fears is not made perfect in love. Hebrews 11:40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
My perfection may look different from your perfection. We may find our opinions are very different but it is these differences we are made perfect in Him. We need artist, musicians, cleaners, athletes, doctors, police, teachers, preachers, and the list goes on. We can simply not be everything to everyone. Our perfections can be complimented with those around you. James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it–not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it–they will be blessed in what they do.”
“But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part but then I shall know just as I also am known.” I Corinthians 13:10-12. God sees you as perfect – He created you to be perfect! It is achieved, as we walk in Christ and follow His Word. God’s way is perfect, flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him. Remember perfection will cost you something. However, the reward is the affirmation from your Heavenly Father. Jesus loves you so much that any fears are cast down as you seek His righteousness and not the approval of others. My perfection will always look different from yours but the beauty of it is like refreshing cool water. It is what the Lord created you to be – PERFECT.
Psalm 19:7 “The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.”
2 Samuel 22:31 “As for God, His way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in him.