Am I perfect? Probably not!

I always had a problem when I heard the scripture Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.  Did I say problem? It’s more like an “O M G” reaction of “How in the world would I be able to be perfect?”  Then I read in the notes of my Dake Bible where he described the word ‘perfect’ as ‘mature’… MATURE?? What does that mean exactly?  I looked it up in the Merriam-Webster to find a definition and there were five! The first one said “based on slow careful consideration <a mature judgment” I’m already in the hole, slow and careful are not usually in my vocabulary! I go headlong into situations and then think, in other cases my mouth says something before my brain has processed it! Doesn’t sound very mature does it?

I think that to be mature is to be able to handle a situation with tact and consideration for another person’s feelings. I have always tried to do that, and it has gotten me in trouble because I have not found a way to speak my mind in some cases, without being blunt. Two examples come to mind; I was pregnant with my daughter, very pregnant, when one of the ladies at church came to me, tears brimming her eyes, as she touched my arm and shared this “pearl of wisdom”, “You are the kind of person that God gives a retarded or handicap child to, because you are so full of love!” I couldn’t believe my ears! I looked at her in disbelief and said “What! Is there a certain amount of handicap children that have to be born so God chooses someone to give them to?” I was stunned, didn’t know what to think! At first I wondered if she was giving me a prophetic word! Would God give such a word to someone that was not in authority over me? I believe if you have a child that is handicap in any manner, God gives you the grace to accept and deal with it in the way you need, but I refuse to believe that there is an allotted amount and he chooses families in which to place them. I felt bad at my quick reaction and her face showed that she was surprised at the side of me she had never seen! Another time was when a young man came into my office with a “message from God”, it seems that God had told him that he was to marry me and take care of me for the rest of my life. Now bear in mind, I had never dated this person, I had also talked with the girl he had married and divorced, so I had no intention of ever dating him, much less marrying him! My mouth fell open and I told him that God would have had to tell me that personally and that I had no intention of dating him much less marrying him. I felt sorry I had spoken so harshly and tried to soften my answer without giving him hope, but honestly I don’t remember what I said, I was just so embarrassed!

Back to being perfect, or mature, I looked up the scripture in the Message translation,  “In a word, what I’m saying is, grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”  OK, I can live with that, in other words (and Jesus had already said it) “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

5 Replies to “Am I perfect? Probably not!”

  1. I think Jesus is telling us to fulfill our vocation, our reason for being. We were created to bear the image of God. God is perfect, and that is the image we are called to bear.

    Tall order?




    With God… it is possible. And anyway, Jesus is preaching his sermon on the mount, as we call it. The whole sermon is a tall order. Your righteousness must surpass that of even the Pharisees!

    But here’s the kicker. Despite it being such a tall order, Jesus goes out and practices what he preaches. The preacher preaches to himself! Not so you can just be a spectator, no. But so that you can learn from him and join him and fulfill your purpose in creation.

    BTW, I am still in process of being redeemed. Together, God and me are working this out… Get with me in the Age to Come and see how I am doing. IF you see God when you look at me, then I will be complete and perfect! The creation is groaning as it waits for its chance to see that!!! (Rom. 8).

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  2. Off subject here, I know, but I have no other communication(s) with you. Yet I think this is worth sharing with you and your readers. So…

    Check out these links. I think they resonate with both of us (together) in powerful ways.

    Richard Hughes is a friend of my dad’s. So, just to be transparent, yes, I have a biased opinion of him. I have read a few of his books. Myths America Lives By is one of my favorites. And the school where Hughes is working now days (in Tennessee) hosts (or at least used to) Lee Camp who wrote a handy book called Mere Discipleship. Both of these guys promote peace and care for the poor in powerful books, lectures, instructions. They are notable. And you are one of the people I should share them with, I think.


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    1. Well thank you for that. I am actually answering from my phone but when I get to my computer I will look those links up! Do you have a Facebook page?


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