Mountain Moving Monday: Perfect

Monday, October 08, 2012


Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)

Word Study: Perfect

The original meaning of perfect is taken from the Greek word Teleios, which means complete in labor, growth, and mental and moral character.

Let’s look at the word perfect in the scripture above to see how it applies to our lives.

It’s easy to say you’ve grown in faith when you’re doing things you’ve always done, with the same people, in the same way. This is not spiritual perfection. You’re merely perfecting a routine. The Jews were being advised not to just love people that loved them, but to love when it’s hard and unimaginable, to pray for those who treat them harshly, and to do right by the very people that do them wrong (v. 43-47). This is a sign of maturity.

It’s time for us to grow up in Christ. That’s right. Time to gain a level of spiritual growth that shows the Lord that not only are we putting down our spiritual milk bottles, but that we’re ready to munch on meaty principles and practice living a sacrificial life for Him.

Many times we define being perfect by how we present ourselves on the outside; looking like the perfect model of Christianity with hair in place, Bible in hand, scripture updates every hour on Facebook/Twitter, perfect grammar, car, family, clothing, and life. When inwardly, our hearts tell the story of a broken woman, afraid to show that she may be spiritually incomplete. Remember, Paul counted everything that could make him look perfect in the sight of man, as dung, so that he may know Christ (Philippians 3:7-10)!

Do you know Christ, or know everything?

When we’re being the wrong kind of perfect, we disappoint our Father. We were not called to be sinless or flawless, our Lord sent Jesus so that we could be holy, loving, gracious, and righteous.

Be ye perfect & pray for people instead of cursing them out.
Be ye perfect & speak kindly to those who talk about you behind your back.
Be ye perfect & love the very people that hate your guts.

Perfect in God’s terms, means spiritually mature and complete. Mountains are forming in our minds because we can’t seem to get over ourselves. While we’re wrong in our perfectionism trying to oust others (who may not say things like us, look like us, perform traditional sacraments to God like us), where is the love that we are to be showing to them? Perfection deals with growth in Christ, not comparison to others.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we first pause to honor you… our Creator, our Redeemer, the Author and Perfecter of our Faith. You are an Almighty God! We recognize that your word demands that we be perfect like you; so teach us how to love completely, grow deeply, and be women that you are proud to call your own. Help us to get over ourselves and into you so that we can move the mountains in our lives. We pray that we are Spirit-led and gospel-fed as we mature in you. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

How will you be perfect and move mountains today?


*Word definitions taken from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance*



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2 comments

  1. Such a powerful lesson. A co-worker sent it to me and I am thankful. I will follow your blog. God Bless You.

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    1. Claire, we are so glad that your co-worker passed this along and that you gleaned a great spiritual nugget from this lesson. It surely hit home first, but it's good to know that God's Spirit leads us properly into all truth! Thank you for following :) Blessings!

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