Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matt. 5:48 KJV
Anyone who wears glasses knows that ‘perfect vision’ lasts only until the next annual eye appointment. At least, that’s how it usually works out for me! That being said, I typically go to my appointments hoping that I won’t need new lenses (and will save hundreds of dollars). After all, my vision hadn’t changed. I can still see everything – near and far away – clearly, or so I think.
Then the optometrist uses that device where you look through a lens that matches your current lens and says, “Which is better? This one (meaning your current lens)? Or this one?” At this point, they have you look through a lens that has a slightly higher magnification. Wow! I didn’t realize I could see any clearer than I did before. What an improvement!
But, wait. I thought my vision was perfect before? Hmm…I guess it was a good idea to make that annual checkup after all. Yes, the bill for new lenses was a tad painful, but at least I know I won’t make any careless mistakes because I didn’t see something correctly.
When Jesus tells us that we need to be ‘perfect’ it’s not a one-time check up and, ‘poof’, we’re perfect, anymore than one eye exam will adjust our vision for life. No, we need to use the magnifying lens of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to look through daily to show us more clearly how to live our lives and protect us from careless mistakes. As the song says, when we do so, ‘the things of this world will grow strangely dim’.
Prayer Focus: Lord, I am prepared to be astonished when I look at the world through Your lens. How is it I never saw some things before? I thank You, though, that Your word truly is a ‘lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path’, keeping me from stumbling through life.