Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
(Susie Fairchild's conversation with Anna as they are planning to prepare chicken and dumplings - Excerpt from Children in the Garden.)
"Do you really think they'll like how I've made them?" Anna asked with a hint of uncertainty in her voice.
"Of course, they will, dear," Mrs. Fairchild assured her. "We have time for a little more practice, and I will help you do them perfectly."
"Mom says no one is perfect," Anna said, "so how can I do something perfectly?"
Susie smiled inwardly at the inherent knowledge of the young. It never ceased to amaze her that the words spoken with such innocence could always cause her to review her own shortcomings.
She said to Anna, "All right, dear, maybe not perfect, but as close to it as one can get, how's that?"
"Okay," she replied and skipped gaily back to the kitchen.
A few weeks ago, granddaughter, Virginia Rose, and I are having a conversation about her fourth-grade classmates. "I have lots of friends, Gammie," she states, "but there are some girls who go around telling everybody they're perfect."
"Really? What do say to them?"
"I tell them that nobody's perfect," Virginia answers. "And you know what they say?"
"But I'm perfect!" Virginia shakes her head in exasperation. "They just don't understand humankind."
I have to agree wholeheartedly, and not without my own inward smile at Virginia's precocious observation. We are all flawed. We all make mistakes.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. ~Romans 3:23
And if we were perfect, why would any of us have need of a Savior?
So, what does Jesus actually mean when He tells us to "be perfect?"
As Pastor Alex explains in a recent sermon, becoming perfect is a sanctification process which lasts all of our days. It is God's labor of love working within us.
But there is a catch. God cannot do His work of perfecting us unless we submit entirely to His will. If we surrender to Him, though, He will be faithful to mold and shape us into a true reflection of Christ Jesus.
That's what I want my "perfect" to look like.
How about you?
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