Can You Be Perfect?

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Jesus said we are to be “perfect.” How do you respond to that command? This idea makes some people very uncomfortable. All of us know that we are imperfect. How can we be expected to be “perfect”?

To understand what Jesus meant, we need to examine the word “perfect” itself. Naturally, we tend to think about the dictionary definition of the English word. For example, the New Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus of the English Language says that “perfect” means “complete or correct in every way, conforming to a standard or ideal with no omissions, errors, flaws or extraneous elements. Utter, absolute.” In our minds, being “perfect” means to be without flaws or mistakes, to do everything totally correctly, all the time.

But the actual Greek word used here has a different meaning. It really means “mature,” “complete” or “finished.” It is used to describe those who are full grown, like adults (and not like children). It indicates that we’ve reached the goal for which we have been created.

This background helps us understand what Jesus was saying. God has given each of us a life to live, and He has given each of us characteristics, traits, interests, skills, and opportunities with which to live this life. Our task is to focus on His calling and be good stewards of the resources He has given us, faithful servants who will complete His assignment and live in such a way that He is pleased with our lives.

Today, think about God’s call on your life. Seek to be “perfect” and more mature. Make a radical commitment to take up your cross daily and follow Jesus. Surrender your life to Him. Seek first the Kingdom of God. Focus on being a good steward. Serve Him faithfully, and complete His assignments for you.