Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Mathew 5:48 (NKJV)
There it is in my Bible, God’s Word, the book of Matthew, the fifth chapter, the 48th verse… Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. I underlined it. I wrote the letter “C” for Call next to it. I prayed about it. And then I asked God, “How?!”
From writing to cleaning to even fixing my hair, I just can’t ever be perfect. When the first copies of my book, My TEA CUPP Prayers, were released, I was dismayed to find typos, including a missing word on the very first page! This was after several rounds of corrections before printing. Truly just wanting to cry at falling short, I realized God was keeping me humble with my imperfect book.
Another day I was cleaning a Montana guest cabin for guests soon to arrive. There wasn’t much time between groups, so I had to hurry to clean the guest house. I noticed there were crumbs under the sofa cushions, so I propped them up as a reminder to myself to vacuum there. Before I had put the finishing touches on the kitchen, the new people arrived with groceries to unpack to the fridge. I hurried to get out of their way, laying out dish towels just so and loading my rag bag to go home. As I drove away, suddenly the picture of those sofa cushions with exposed crumbs came to my mind. Argh! Once again, I wasn’t perfect.
And then there is the matter of my hair. No amount of combing, fixing, or pulling back with clips can keep my auburn tresses in place in the blustery Montana winds. I have a feeling that my hair won’t stay in place in any state, but I like blaming it on our mountainous gales. Whatever the cause, it is true, I’m not perfect.
If you could take a look under those messy red locks at the person inside, you would find yet more imperfection. As I struggle to obey all God’s commands:
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. Colossians 3:12-14 (NKJV)
So daily, I come before Jesus for TEA and prayer, asking His forgiveness and help with His call. And I know that one day I will finally fulfill His call to be perfect. That is the day He calls me home.
Today’s TEA CUPP: Dear Jesus, I’m having trouble with Your call to be perfect. Every day I fall short in one way or another. Please forgive me and wash me clean and fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to be like You. Thank you, Jesus. I claim your promise to make me new. Amen.
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NKJV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
Because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.“ 1 Peter 1:16 (NKJV)
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.