What is holding back our perfection?
Gift: Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe) – With the gift of wonder and awe (fear of the lord), we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.
Reading: This day the LORD, your God, is commanding you to observe these statutes and ordinances. Be careful, then, to observe them with your whole heart and with your whole being. (Deuteronomy 26:16)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. So be perfect,* just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-45,48)
Observation: It is not that I feel like I am going to be approaching perfection any time soon, but I am hearing the call to perfection very loud and clear today. I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night, so it is very hard for me to focus on being good. I said all of my prayers this morning, as usual, but I should have recognized my need for sleep and just went back to sleep after I said them. Instead, I let myself be distracted by the things of this world and did not do what I knew my body needed. From a TV show that my son was watching when I first woke up, to the random websites that I perused to keep my mind occupied, and not let it sleep I learned that if I am going to be out late again, even for a good reason like a Christian music concert, I need to make sure that I make arrangements to get enough rest and trust that God is with me and wants me to be perfect and not distracted.
Personification: Faithfulness I hope that the fruit of faithfulness will show through as I complete this day and make reparations for any damage that I did to my relationships with my family and my God today. I will lean on God’s mercy to carry me through to completion this day, and know that I am not close to perfect yet, but thankfully God is not finished with me yet.
Prayer: Lord, help me to follow the path that you have laid out before me this evening and don’t allow my mind to get distracted from your will. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.