Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48
I realize more and more that I am not perfect. I have glaring flaws. Because of these flaws, I fail miserably. The older I get the more I realize I cannot change all that I am, but I try to avoid certain parts of my character in order to avoid these flaws. As far back as I can remember, my dad would get on me for pouting. Some little thing (it didn’t matter what it was) would set me into a spiral and I would have to ride it out. As I got older, this made me work harder, to no avail, to try and overcome this attitude. Alas, I beat myself up for not being good enough.
When God called me to preach, I had to deal with His perfection and my great imperfection. Also, there was the message by our Lord saying clearly, “Be ye perfect, as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” How can I be perfect with such glaring flaws? The answer is simple, “I am to pursue this perfection even though I do not obtain it in this life.” I am know my flaws, and I hate it when I can’t get out of them, but I have a greater assurance, I am already His child and I am forgiven.
So lets bring it down to something we understand. We are shown Prince Charles of England. The media focuses on his failures and always ponders whether he will ever be the King of England. You see his mother is Queen and as long as she lives, or unless she steps down, she will be queen. The question is posed over and again, “Is he worthy to be king?” I have news for you. No one is worthy. He is next in line to be the monarch and nothing will stop that unless he dies. Being king isn’t about worthiness, but more about the call.
I say this not to point out my imperfections, but to see them as they are. I am a child of God because Christ redeemed me with His blood. I am promised that the day will come I will rule and reign with Him. At that time, I will be in my glorified body and I will have my Lord’s perfection on me. I will have His character, His holiness, His glory and so much more. I will be a king, not because I am worthy, but much like the called man I am, it is His plan. I pursue perfection. I try to shake off this unworthiness. When I step into His glory I shall be like Him and obtain it. How perfect is that?