If you wish to be perfect


To become like God is to become very more perfect.
To become ever more perfect means raising the bar up and up.

But if I love God I must become ever more like Him.
Does that mean raising the bar up and up.

It is a heavy burden for sure, and I am but a poor sinner not worthy of His love – but I will try.
To become ever more “someone else” is losing the plot.

Anyone with a longterm partner (at some point) recognises that not being the same is a strength. That partnership is called “partnership” for a very good reason. Because being the same might double the strengths – but is also doubles the weaknesses.

So just why do we so often fixate on becoming God?

”Then someone came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; Honour your father and mother; also, you shall love your neighbour as yourself.” The young man said to him, “I have kept all these; what do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Matthew 19:16-22

The words in bold today?

“If you wish to perfect … “ is a choice we each make. Jesus never demanded or requested or taught that as a requirement. Never.

So I do not want to become God. I only want to become who I was created to be. Me.

Because in His eyes (as He keeps telling me over and over again) – I am perfect already!

All I want is to become the best “me” I can. For me. For you. For Him.

And all that takes is …

Love.

(anyone hear a question?)

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6 thoughts on “If you wish to be perfect

    • Thanks Don – and just realised (thanks to John below) another level – where “perfection” does kick in! Matthew 5:43-48 – the answer is Love – again!

  1. In the Mark version of this passage, we also see that “Jesus looked at him and loved him.” Amazing how Jesus’ approach was always in love. He seemed to be directing this man to the logical end of what his pursuit of righteousness through works would attain. Jesus loving let’s us come to the end of ourselves so we can then truly follow him.

    It’s interesting (and also a bit comical to me) how at the end of the Sermon on the Mount, after elevating the bar of the law ever higher and higher, Jesus states, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

    • John – I saw your comment and (with less bible verses under my belt) saw a conundrum! And then as I chased down the “be perfect” verses and replied to Don – He went “PING”! and the lights came on.

      “Be perfect, therefore … ” is in the context of Matthew 5:43-48 and then linking it back here to the “if you wish to be perfect” – The answer is love – always love.

      By gum! That has cascaded a bunch of stuff right now! Thank you! ((hugs))

  2. In our God-given, grace given perfect states, it is sad to me how we try to dictate to others what is “perfect” for them. Putting on laws and conditions and thises and thats and jots and tittles. When the only commands Jesus urged us to keep were to love: love God, love each other, love our neighbors, love our enemies. Yet he left us with choices. And too often our choices not of GSHJ; we love half-heartedly. We choose who we love and how we love. We pour out our love on babies in the womb but refuse to love those who don’t understand there is human life in there. We pour out our love on those who look like us, but refuse to love orphans and foreigners who don’t look like us, who come from other countries for refuge or to make a better life because they might “take” something from us. We love if and only if, which is not what Jesus did at all. He loved. And in that, made us perfect. All of us.

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