Seeking perfection on earth
Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:26 p.m.
The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
As long as we walk on this earth in the body of human flesh, there will be times we fall short of God's expectations. However, there is no excuse for us to continue to disappoint God and absolutely no real good reason why we cannot obey God by walking in perfection.
Now I am certain that all of us have said at one time or another that nobody is perfect; therefore, nobody can walk in perfection. However, God commands perfection from us. In fact, the Bible tells us in Matthew 5:48, "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect."
Now I don't know about you, but when the word says you shall be perfect, that means that being perfect is not just an option, but a requirement for those of us who believe God. And although none of us may be perfect right now, that doesn't mean we need to stop trying to be perfect.
The question is: How can we be perfect on earth?
There are three things that can make us perfect. They are: 1) Pursuing after wisdom, 2) Walking in the spirit, and 3) Patience.
The Bible tells us in Luke 2:52, "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." Now, if Jesus increased in wisdom while walking in the body of flesh, so can we. And once we do, we will be seen as perfect, not only in the eyes of God, but in the eyes of men who will see that perfection is a possibility.
Are you hearing me today?
The Bible also tells us in Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." Let us remember that God saved our souls, not our flesh. The flesh has a mind of its own and although it can never be made perfect, it can be overcome if we walk in the ways of Christ Jesus.
Remember, the power of Jesus was not in His flesh and neither is it in ours, but the power of Jesus was in the spirit that was dwelling on the inside — which is perfect. Finally, if we truly want to be perfect in this lifetime, we must be patient and stop confessing that we cannot do it. Remember what the word tells us in James 1:4, "But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
That's right, my friends. We can be PERFECT, COMPLETE AND LACKING NOTHING. Somebody needs to shout glory right now.
Let me conclude by saying this: Not only can we be perfect, but we are commanded to be perfect; therefore, let's get busy pursuing after wisdom, walking in the spirit and patiently waiting for God to make us perfect.
In 1st Peter 2:9, we read, "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." (New King James Version)
Pastor Ron Jones is pastor of New And Living Way Outreach Ministries in Gainesville.