This post appeared a little later today because I’ve been struck by life. But even through this, God is teaching me. I wanted to have everything on schedule, and it didn’t work out that way. God uses moments of our imperfection to teach us His perfection, which is different than the world.
Perfect means flawless in this world. And we are far from it.
Jesus does tell the disciples to be perfect as the heavenly Father (Matthew 5:48). But we make the mistake to use the word perfect and its flawlessness as a measure to ourselves.
(NIV) Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Okay, we failed already by the world’s definition.
But can it truly be achieved? Christian perfection?
I think so, as Jesus told the disciples to become as such. But with Jesus, there is always more meaning in His words than what is initially seen.
Christian perfection is intimidating. To be like God?!
Note: Jesus isn’t telling us to BE God. He’s saying to be LIKE God. Lucifer must have missed that memo. (cough)
To be like God indicates we are to be Christ-like.
Which the statement alone should humble us, and while we’re humbled at His feet, we need to understand Christ is not the world. Therefore, He doesn’t want us to BE like the world.
He wants us to follow Him, and His example.
To be like Christ is to be part of His body. That’s why the Bride of Christ (the true church, a body of believers) is called the Body of Christ. When Christ shed His blood for us, He not only gave us forgiveness when we confess our sins but through salvation, He became a part of all believers.
That’s because our body became a temple for the Holy Spirit.
Wow, Christ has already done so much for us.
What can we do?
(BSB) Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
We first need to realize that if we want to reach true Christian maturity (yep, that’s what it’s called), we can’t do it on our own strength, or perception. We need God to be our Teacher. We need to be willing to change from the inside out. (The reason why the blog is named, Inside Cup)
We have to love God more, than our love for this world, and our love for self-pleasure.
And by love, I mean true love, love that is not defined by good thoughts or intentions. But our confessing of words PUT into ACTION.
To be perfect in Christ means to be a mature Christian. Seasoned. Trained. Skilled. Crafted. Something all of us ARE capable of achieving through Christ.
(NLT) 1 Corinthians 14:20, “Dear brothers and sisters, don’t be childish in your understanding of these things. Be innocent as babies when it comes to evil, but be mature in understanding matters of this kind.”
If we profess to be a Christian, we need to move forward in our walk with Christ. We cannot stay childish, and ignorant of God’s word, and Christ’s teachings.
(NLT) Hebrews 5:12-14, “You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.”
We learn through Bible Study , and we apply Christ to our life.
Yes, Christ Himself needs to shine through us.
Christian maturity is being perfect in Christ.
Remember the title?
The word “perfect” in *Greek means brought to an end or completed. This means we are be completed in Christ. While this world focuses on a person being perfect in personal achievement, Christ wants us to be perfected in a maturity that will not only benefit us, but affect others, and give God all the glory.
(NIV) Philippians 1:06, “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Christian maturity is a continuous cycle. We need godly wisdom, not worldly wisdom. We need instruction from His word, and not only to hear it but FOLLOW it.
We need to stop being wishy-washy lukewarm Christians. Straying back and forth between our wants and God wants. If we choose Him, then we need to seek Him out completely. Letting go of this world, and holding onto Christ.
(NLT) Hebrews 1:06, “So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.”
Planting our feet firm in the foundation of Jesus Christ. We will grow in Him. We will be examples to others. We won’t be ashamed. We won’t be unstable. We won’t be immature.
(NLT) Ephesians 4:14-15, “Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church.”
This is Christian maturity. To keep continuing and moving forward in Christ. Becoming a new creation as He crafts us in His perfect image.
(BSB) Colossians 1:10, “That you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”
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(*Source used Gotquestions )