I thought that, since I’m so perfect, other people might like tips on how to attain perfection.
OK, so I’m not anywhere near perfect. But I do have some thoughts as to why God commanded us to be perfect and how we can go about obeying him.
First of all, when there has only been one perfect individual to walk the face of the earth (Jesus Christ) why would God bother to command the rest of us to be perfect when it is such a seemingly impossible task? With all his dealings with mortals he obviously understands our imperfections and how much we give in to temptations. Yet he tells us in the scriptures to, “Be thou perfect.”
God knows that, if we want to reach heaven, perfection will be needed one day. However, Jesus Christ understood perfection would be impossible. Because he knew we all wanted to reach heaven, he carried out the policy of grace to help us reach our goal. The grace of God can help it become possible for us to obey the perfection injunction.
Several years ago my young daughter had her heart set on owning a remote controlled car. After deciding on the model she wanted we told her its price. She diligently worked for months earning the necessary money. When she finally had the needed sum we realized we had neglected to take shipping prices into account. We sat down with her and told her the sad news: that she needed to come up with even more money to pay for shipping. Before she became too disappointed we then told her that we would give her the rest of the money. We explained our happiness over her diligence at saving money for her toy. She expressed her thanks and the remote controlled car was ordered.
My daughter learned several lessons from this experience. She learned the value of having a goal, saving money and working hard. But the most important thing she learned was the grace of her parents. Similarly, after doing all we can to better ourselves and then asking him for help, Jesus Christ will step in with his grace. He will make it possible for us to not only live with God, but to become perfect as well.
Becoming perfect by tomorrow is impossible. But we can try every day to be better than the one before. Ulisses Soares, a Brazilian father of three and former auditor for a multinational corporation said, “Upon acknowledging our dedication and perseverance, the Lord will give us that which we are not able to attain due to our imperfections and human weaknesses.” All God asks is that we try to obey his commandments.
God didn’t give us a deadline as to when we need to reach perfection. Nor did he tell us to become perfect all by ourselves. He knows we can’t do that. But he did tell us to try and he provided a means whereby we can obey his command: our Savior Jesus Christ.