Perfection

How do we as humans become perfect?  Is it possible?  Today during my devotion time I was reading passages of Hebrews and it talked about Jesus’ perfection.

Hebrews 5:8-10, Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10 having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Jesus was perfect and yet He was human.  Just a human being like you and me.  Then the thought hit me that since the beginning when God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden He has been asking us to follow His rules.  It is no different from what I do to my own children.  If you want to live under my roof then you need to follow the rules that I have laid down for you.  If you break the rules there are consequences.  Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden of Eden for breaking the rules, Moses and his people wandered the desert for 40 years for not sticking to the rules, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for not following the rules.  Throughout time, God’s people chose the free will option over following the rules that God set down.  We are not perfect.  We have been given the tools to achieve perfection but more often than not we don’t use them and therefore cannot attain perfection.  We sin.  We sin daily and sometimes we sin without even knowing it.  That doesn’t make us perfect.

I think that Jesus was sent to this world as human with all the same working and make up of every other human and was sent here by God to show us that perfection can be attained.  Jesus is our guide, our role model.  He followed the rules…all of them.  Jesus could follow the rules and not worry about the earthly consequences because He knew that the final outcome would be worth the hardship of perfection.  The final destination of Heaven and eternal life with God. Jesus was our demonstration that you can be human and still be perfect.  Now we have to try to do the same thing.  It is hard work and often times it doesn’t fit into our lives which is how we wind up down the road of sin.  At the end of the day though it all up to us.  We can do it, we can live as Jesus did, more often than not we chose to not do it.

Here we are at the start of a new year and now is the time to ask for forgiveness of all those sins that we commited in the past and leave them there.  Look forward to a new year…a perfect year.  We haven’t sinned in it yet so it stay clean and clear.  Now look up the rules and learn them and live by them.  Worship God and be kind to others the rest will take care of itself.

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