Matthew 5: 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Now this is stiff to face. A perfect Jesus is here asking us to be perfect. How in this world can we accomplish such a challenge? Jesus and the Father are one. The Father is perfect. Jesus is perfect. The conversation exactly before this relates to relationships. Even working at being even keeled and just and equitable in all our dealings with others in love and graciousness is tougher on perfection than we can match. But, thanks be unto God, He did it for us. Jesus was perfect for us to follow.
Greg’s Pressure: Greg liked to think he was strong. Then the pressure came. The challenge to do more in less time with less staff was causing him to stay up at night. Over and over, he would think of reasons the project was late. Every time, he concluded he just wasn’t the right person for the job. This night, he decided to read a little and pray. It was coming down to looking for a new job. As he read through the gospel of Matthew, the verse on being perfect disturbed him. Then he thought it through. The thought wasn’t to do it all according to man’s perfection. The challenge was to love and greet and meet each situation with the mind of Christ. Whether the situation was good or bad made no difference. Just meet it with confidence in Christ. Love always. Greet always. Believe always. He was the right man because God placed him there. These were the right staffers. Immediately he began to review plans and pray for wisdom. What would he do if it were all in great shape? Do the right thing.
ACT! Start now. Remove an imperfection, an attitude, a glitch in your treatment of someone today. Don’t worry about everything. Do work on one thing.
PRAY! Whew! Father, You sure want a lot out of me. But, Father, You gave a lot. You gave Your only begotten Son, Jesus. Jesus gave His life’s blood for me to be perfect with You. Encourage me, Father, to stand tall to the task and declare, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me fully and completely and perfectly.”