“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48
It would appear that God expects us to be perfect. Even the simplest of us would know that that is not possible. On the contrary, even the most doubtful of us would agree that God is perfect. Why would God want us to be what is not possible; to be like him?
We are forced to return to the original Greek word for a better understanding of perfect. It actually means complete and fully developed or mature. Again, we can see that this translation is applicable to God as the Almighty. Certainly, he is all of those things.
He is setting himself as an example for us to seek. God is saying that here he is and that we should seek as our personal goal to be those things like him. This is not to say that any of us will have arrived. It is to say, this should be the direction of the road as we travel. We are not to deviate from this road nor are we to seek an alternative road.
God is the standard for all things. He is absolute and there is no development needed in his identity. God did not ever evolve into a perfect and divine person. He always was, is, and always will be perfect.
Our challenge is to become perfected during the process of maturity as his child.
When we talk about perfect, it is at 0°. It is not 0+1 or 0+2. It is at the single standard of zero.
On the other hand, darkness and evil can be any decree away from perfect. It can be a slight measurement or an outstanding measurement of imperfection. Here is where we make the mistake of thinking evil and sin can be small, medium, or large. A little white lie is still a lie.
This is why the Bible says that if we have broken one of the commandments, we have broken all of them. This is also why the Bible says there is none righteous, no not one. In addition, this is why the Bible says our righteousness is as filthy rags. We fool ourselves when we think of us as good people but have not had the righteousness of Christ applied to our soul.
Either we are at 0° of perfection (through Christ) or we are imperfect. This is also why the Bible says that God cannot stand the presence of sin before him and why Jesus died on the cross for us.
God would have us approach him through his son Jesus Christ when we have asked for forgiveness of our sins. We do not become perfect, but instead God sees the perfection of his own son on us. After this, our duty is to seek maturity and development in our living.
First, we must ask Christ to be our Savior and then we are on the path toward maturity. Will you seek him, will you seek to grow spiritually more each day toward him?