Tuesday, September 6, 2o11
Asbury Seminary faculty comment on the Sermon on the Mount at asburyreader.com.
Matthew 5:48 NIV
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
“Perfect!” what a winsome word. We love to say it. “That’s perfect!” The word exudes excitement, satisfaction, fulfillment and an overall joyful sense of goodness. Not so with the word “perfection.” Perfection implies an unattainable standard and an endless quest to measure up. Semantics you say? Humor the distinction. In making the contrast, we intend to separate the tortured-ness of perfectionism and travail from the “givenness” of grace and truth.
Perfection demands striving and achieving.
Perfect invites beholding and becoming.
Perfection sets a standard that must be achieved.
It breeds performance and perfectionism.
Perfect reveals a quality of heart that can only be received.
It beckons humility and attention.