Be Perfect!

Hello all, hope you are having a good week so far! This week's command is to 'Be Perfect.' The majority of us have already checked this off our spiritual to-do list right?? Yea, me either. This command is not what it seems based on our current perception of the word 'perfect.' When we think of the word 'perfect' we think 'without flaw, sinless, no fault' etc. God said about Job 'that man was perfect' (Job1:1). King Asa had his 'heart perfect toward the Lord all his days' (I Kings 15:14). Is it possible for us to be perfect? And were Job and Asa really perfect? Let's look at what Jesus said to help us understand what it means to be perfect. "For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect even as your father which is heaven is perfect" (Mt. 5:46-48).

Jesus is not saying that we should be at a place where we never sin, this is impossible and only Christ was able to achieve that. The word 'perfect' means to be morally complete or to come to full maturity. It gives the idea of being whole and complete in character.

In these verses Jesus said that if we only love our family and friends, how are we any different than non-believers and the wicked in the world? Do not even wicked people love those who love them back or first showed love to them? And if we only give friendly greetings and hugs to our friends then we are no different than everyone else in the world. Jesus then says to be perfect (or spiritually complete) and go beyond the status quo. It means to look outside our circle of friends to those who are spiritually dry and needy, to those who don't know Christ, to 'sinners.'

John MacNaughton said, "Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself." Is it our goal to be spiritually perfect or are we content being 'good' people compared to some of the really wicked in the world? There are a lot of 'good' people in the world, but only a few who are willing to give their lives to serve God and others by loving those who reject them and hate them.

Pieta was a Filipino slave girl who worked under a harsh and cruel master. One day she heard the Gospel from a missionary woman, but told the missionary she had done too many bad things to ever be forgiven. The missionary explained to her that the blood of Jesus could cover all her sins and would forgive her. Pieta then trusted God as her Savior and purposed to use her life for Jesus. She would tell her master about Jesus, but he would become enraged with her and punish her harshly. One day she found a little piglet and decided to raise it so she could give it to God. As the pig grew, Pieta also continued to grow in the Lord. The day came when the pig was full grown and Pieta proudly brought her to class with a big bow. "Will you please give him to the Lord for me today?" Pieta asked the missionary. The missionary decided to give it to the Lord by selling the pig and using the money for Bibles. For several days after that, the missionary did not see Pieta at school. The school children finally told her that Pieta's master had planned on having the pig for a feast and when he found out it was sold he beat her badly; they thought she was going to die soon. In distress, the missinary went to find Pieta and found her lying under her master's house in the dirt. The missionary, with tears streaming down her face, scooped the frail girl into her arms. In a weak voice Pieta said, "Are you crying for me? Do not cry. I am going to be with Jesus, and I can hardly wait to see Him." After a pause Pieta asked, "When I go, will you tell my master about Jesus? He is all I have and I so want him to be saved." The missionary promised and after a few minutes she saw Pieta grow still. The missionary took Pieta to the master and confronted him, but he did not care. The missionary then began to share with him the Gospel but he only became angry. The children of the Bible class began to pray for this master in honor of Pieta's last wish. A few days later a man walked in, it was the harsh slave-master; he fell to his knees, confessed his sins, and put his faith in Jesus. He became a powerful witness for Christ and ended up dying for his faith.

To be perfect is to be like Pieta, who loved even those who despised her and purposed to preach Christ even when it would cost. Will we go beyond what is easy and comfortable to reach the lost? If we want to be spiritually mature we must be in the Word daily, in prayer fervently, and hiding His Word in our hearts. We cannot be perfect in our own strength and will need the power of God and the Word working in us to do it.

-Do I reach out to more than just my close circle of friends? Who is God calling me to befriend?
-Am I abiding in the Word and in prayer so that I can come to spiritual maturity?

"Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace" (Ps. 37:37).

Blessings,
Amanda
Notes adapted from the IBLP Commands of Christ Journal and Pocket guide.
Read the full story of Pieta in Pieta and Her Pink Pig by Jean Tuiniga

4 comments:

  1. You've been tagged! :) More info here: http://bit.ly/155fqrW.

    Blessings,
    Esther
    (jewelsofjesus.blogspot.com)

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    1. Thanks for the tag! I've answered the questions by sharing 10 favorite verses.

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  2. Hi Elanee!

    Just wanted to let you know that you've been tagged over at: http://jewelsofjesus.blogspot.com/

    Have a lovely day! :)
    Rachel

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    1. Thanks, it's so fun to get to share insights and encouragement with one another.

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