Reading: 2Corinthians 10 – 13
Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 (NIV)
“Aim for perfection“. That's not a phrase we often hear. More often we hear the phrase, “No one is perfect”, which of course is true, but it is generally an excuse for some misdemeanour or undesirable habit. “Generally I'm a good person, so cut me some slack – I can't be perfect in everything.” Yet here Paul is specifically encouraging us to be just that – perfect in everything.
“Perfect”, from the Greek katartizo: “to complete thoroughly, i.e. repair (literally or figuratively) or adjust:–fit, frame, mend, (make) perfect(-ly join together), prepare, restore.”
God has not left me with an impossible task, to be perfect. He is actively working in me, equipping me with everything good for doing his will. In Hebrews 13:20-21 Paul prays that Jesus may “equip us with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ…” So there is a wonderful cooperation that is taking place, as I aim for perfection, and God works in me what is pleasing to him. This is made possible by the divine exchange that took place on the cross. God is repairing me, restoring me, and completing me thoroughly. There is no room for self-righteousness or arrogance, but rather, a me that is pleasing and productive and good. I like this. Why wouldn't I want to work with God on this divine project.
Thank you Lord God that you are perfecting me. What a wonderful partnership, to be able to work together with you. I feel like a project in your workshop. Please continue, and make me into something beautiful that gives you pleasure.