Foundations For Our Future #78
Foundations for Our Future (78)
by: The Rev. Dr. Jon Shuler
Yesterday we were reminded we are to be different than those who do not believe. Today we are told we “must be perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) The chapter ends with a simple summation of what the Beatitudes in the beginning implied. And the standard is our “heavenly Father.”
When I was a young boy I deified my earthly father. I thought he was the all powerful, all righteous, always honorable man that every man should be. I knew his love and wanted, with all my heart, to grow up to be just like him. By the time I was a teenager I had moderated my thinking somewhat, but not a lot. But in my early adulthood I came to realize that my father was a fallen man, just like me. He needed the grace of God just like me. And neither of us could begin to live the life God had for us without becoming different. We needed a supernatural change to come over us. We needed to be born again of the Spirit of God.
When a person becomes a true Christian, there is an inner change that causes them to see a different standard for all their life. They begin to want what God wants, and that is shown to them by the Lord Jesus Christ. He perfectly walked in the Father’s love and will. In him, we are called to the same destiny. In him, we will be bought to perfection.
“You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”