Christ expects us to be perfect….Absolutely! He says this not just once, or in passing or as an add on. He makes it clear. James 1:4 tells us to let our endurance grow and when it does we will be perfect and needing nothing. Matthew 5:48 says to be perfect as your Father is perfect. There are other verses as well that state a similar command. Jesus intends for us to be perfect. He is the perfect lamb, He paid the perfect price, and He’s calling us to perfection.
Philippians 3:12-14 NLT I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
The feeling and thoughts of “good enough” or “I gave it a good try” are common to me. But that is literally the opposite of what Jesus intends for me and you. God didn’t send His perfect, sinless son to die on a cross for us so we could waller in medocrity. Good enough isn’t good enough!
This idea Paul lays out of pressing on, by forgetting the past and looking ahead shows key mindset for life that approaches perfection. All that stuff that I messed up yesterday, the sins that dragged me down yesterday, don’t have power over me anymore. I’m a new creation in Christ, a prefect son or daughter, choosen by the Father to be a perfect reflection of Him. Focused time in the Word to know God more is a good place to start, as well as prayer. But you are to be perfect, as your Father in heaven us perfect. Matthew 5:48