Just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” This verse is striking because Christ reminds us that God is perfect and invites us to share in His perfection.
Ultimately, when we enter the Kingdom of God in heaven, we will be perfect because we will be in total union with God.
Until then, here on earth, the reality of our human condition is that we aren’t perfect. We make mistakes; we can be quick to anger, slow to forgiveness, resistant to gratitude, or easily distracted by our egos.
Certainly, Jesus is not inviting us to something we cannot obtain, so how can we share in God’s perfection here on Earth? This verse challenges us to think about the chance of perfection in a way that would allow us to seek it, for the invitation is to put on the mind of Christ and to seek perfection in being present with God in the moment.
God does not exist in the past or the future; He exists in the present moment. Most of us go day-to-day focusing on tasks that have yet to be achieved, and we constantly focus on accomplishing goals and often seek perfection in our actions.
But the problem with this is that it places the future as more important than the present. Sometimes we let our day be defined by the future, planning for it, securing it, and trying to better it.
Planning for the future is good for practical reasons; however, sometimes we can be looking towards it too much, becoming a source of anxiety, and solely focusing on the future risks us not being truly present with God.
So, accept Jesus’ invitation to be perfect today by being truly present with God in the life you have before you at this very moment.
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