“You therefore must be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48, ESV)
Perfection does not exist in our humanity…but God calls us to higher and increasing levels of living nonetheless — to be more than we were yesterday; to reach into a version of ourselves that exceeds our natural desires.
In creating this tension, the Lord pushes us to be greater than our fleshly desires. Obviously, God new that we couldn’t be perfect, so why does He call us there? One simple reason: without a higher call, we would stagnate; we would atrophy in life. We would lose the fight for something more. We would lose our days to our natural instincts.
Jesus calls to the shaping of our character. Who we are becoming will never be completed. It’s a deliberate process of chiseling away the sharp edges of our life until it’s shaped into the divine story God sees.
Let His call pull you every day into decisions to be more like Him. God believes in you! Push yourself. Don’t let the days get away from you. Believe that you were created for more. And at the end of the day, revel most, not in the things you accomplish, but in becoming who God has asked you to be in every circumstance.