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Is Perfection Possible?

Perfection

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly father is perfect” said Jesus in Matthew 5:48. 

Is perfection possible? Yes, it is!

Jesus wouldn’t encourage it if it weren’t possible — or else that’d be the biggest “set-up” for failure in history!

What is perfection

Through Christ, through our faith and commitment to and salvation through Christ, we are made perfect. That is our spiritual state as we accept Him as our Lord and our Saviour.

But what about our human state: our physical, emotional, social state? If we’re honest with ourselves, if we look into the mirror, we can see our flaws, our shortcomings, how we let ourselves, others down. We are not perfect.

Paul acknowledges our shortcomings in Philippians 2:12, saying “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” He recognises his weaknesses in Romans 7:15 “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.”

For all of us, our obedience is a journey just as living life is a journey. Our perfection is a process, complete in Christ but equally it is processed throughout our lives. 

Surrender is the key. As we love and obey, as we surrender, we experience the fullness of joy, of peace, and ultimately, of perfection.

What perfection is not

Perfection is not ‘the perfect performance’. It is not a 100% test result. It is not an excruciating and painful self-focus to get everything right. That is building the flesh but it is not building in and through Jesus.  

Perfection is not getting everything right, or beating others. It is not even defeating the enemy within. 

Perfection is the act of surrendering our own needs and desires to GOD; it is living for the LORD and for others, without any need to achieve. It is perfect peace.

The Anointing

Living under GOD’s anointing is as close to perfection as I’ve so far achieved. It is rare, it is beyond myself, it is a sense of holiness within and around me… but it is not me.

There is a line from the song, In Christ Alone, which I find apt here: simply the quote is, “where strivings cease”. Amen.

For me, that is perfection. It is possible. It is desirable. It is my prayer for myself and others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.