On Being Perfect

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Matthew 5:48 states, “Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Can a human being with all their failing, inconsistencies, and sin ever be perfect? The answer is no! What then does this statement mean? I believe that Jesus is presenting us with a message on how we should live; it is a goal to which we should aspire. It is the struggle to win the race (1 Corinthians 9:24). It is preparation to engage in the fight (1 Corinthians 9:26).

Paul states in Philippians that he presses on to the high mark of God in Christ Jesus. He also states that he has not yet obtained the goal (Philippians 3:11-14). The French foreign legion had a motto, “march or die.” When children of God quit they die. It is a matter of continuing to place one foot in front of the others. And in time the race is won and the fight is over and we have reached our goal. Second Timothy 4:7 says, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown…”

Floyd C. Johnson
Shreveport, LA

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