I was sitting in my office this morning before starting my daily activities asking, “Lord, what will thou have me to do?” The answer came to me that I should write about the subject of perfection.
Matthew 5:48 says, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
Most people say that this is impossible, but one wise man said, “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”
Not understanding how it is possible to be perfect in this life, I asked God, “How is it possible that one can be perfect as thou hast commanded?”
God showed me the example of Saul in the Bible. Saul was a Roman citizen who was born around the turn of the century 2000 years ago in Tarsus, who wielded great importance in Jerusalem as a servant to the High Priests. Saul hated the Christians and was very zealous in persecuting them and was responsible for the deaths of many.
One day Saul was traveling on the road to Damascus with the intent of hunting down more Christians. The Lord there appeared to him in a blinding light.
In recounting this event Saul says in Acts 22:7-8, “And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.”
Saul was physically blinded by the appearance of the Lord and could no longer see anything. It was very obvious to him that he had been doing wrong.
Then in Acts 9:6, “And he (Saul) trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
The men who were with Saul were speechless as they heard the voice, but did not see Jesus. They then led Saul by the hand into the city, where he stayed three day without sight and without eating or drinking.
Jesus then appeared in vision to one of the disciples named Ananias and told him where to find Saul and told him to go lay hands on him and restore his vision.
Saul, whose name was changed to Paul then became one of the most zealous servants of Jesus and spent the remainder of his life leading others to Christ.
God then explained to me the path to perfection. It begins with the same question that Saul asked of Jesus; “Lord what wilt thou have me to do?”
God’s definition of perfection is simply this; finding out what is God’s will for you at any given moment and then doing that which he wants you to do. Every time you are found doing exactly what God wants you to do, you are at that moment walking in perfection.
The more that you ask this question and listen for the answer, the more able you will be to do what the Lord wants you to do and the more perfect you will become.
The Bible says, when we walk in the spirit we do not sin. When the day arrives that you are always found doing God’s will, you will have achieved perfection.
Teaching this principle to children is a great way for them to grow up and will prevent a lot of problems if they practice it. I have found on numerous occasions that if one of them comes to me and wants to do something I don’t feel good about, all I have to do is ask them if they asked God what they should do before asking me. Most of the time, right at that moment, I have watched as they turned inward to listen to the Spirit while they asked the question and almost immediately, they have told me “no” they shouldn’t go.
Recently one of my boys was making fun of his sister who just started her first period. His mother corrected him, but he continued making fun. She got frustrated and sent him to talk with me. I told him that by making fun of his sister that he was making fun of God because that is how God made females. I asked him what he thought God would have him do. He turned inward for a moment and told me he should apologize to his sister. I asked him if there was anything else and he quickly told me that he owed his mother an apology as well. Shortly thereafter his mother informed me that he had indeed apologized.
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