“…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:13, NIV
God will never be satisfied with any of us until we are all perfect. Why is God like that?
It is because perfection is what God always attains and perfection is what God always demands. He cannot attain less or demand less because He is perfection. God will never accept anything or anyone that performs at less than complete, perfect adjustment to Him. Everything and everyone must be on its way to what God is and what God wants done. God never grades on a “curve.” Since perfection is what God demands, we must all find that perfection.
Fortunately for us, God allowed the perfection of one man to become the perfection of all men. That one man is Jesus – perfect God. The all men are us – imperfect sinners. God demanded a perfect life and He provided a perfect life. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (II Corinthians 5:21)
Never reduce your goal below God’s perfection. God never will. As Oswald Chambers once observed, “Perfect life means the perfect adjustment of all our relationships to God.”
When we say we cannot ever be perfect in ourselves apart from God, that is true – but it is no excuse. In Christ we are no longer apart from God. Right now in Christ we are already perfectly adjusted to God and His demands, and because of Christ’s perfection for us, there is now no condemnation for us for all eternity. Right now we are all being moved by God toward perfection. No movement toward perfection would mean no life of God is in us. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all thing have become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17)
Our final destination is perfection. Keep moving!
QUESTION: Do you understand that God already sees you as perfectly as He knows He will make you? Are you cooperating with God’s moving in your life to perfect you in every area?