Be like Jesus. That sounds like a pretty daunting task, doesn’t it? Perfect, really truly without fault. I don’t even come close – none of us do. But it’s actually a command to us as Christians.
“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48
So there it is, clear as day. Be perfect. How in the world is that possible? Well, on our own, it certainly is not.
The issue many of us find ourselves in, is struggling on our own to make ourselves perfect. We think that if we remind ourselves moment by moment to be like Jesus, we will. And maybe this helps our actions, but does this really change our heart? We can strive day after day to change our own heart, but after a while, it will just get too hard.
The only way we can be perfect is by surrendering fully to Christ. We have to give our whole heart into His hands in order to be like Him. Every deep corner and hidden place in our hearts must be emptied of ourselves and given away. This can be a difficult, painful process, but in the end, it’s always worth it.
Jesus longs for us to give ourselves to Him. He is so excited to us to give our all and come to Him. He promises in Isaiah,
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (30:21)
When we give our whole heart to Christ, He will be the one to mold it and change it into perfection. We don’t have to experience the struggle of changing our stubborn old hearts, Jesus offers to do it for us! He wants us to be just like Him, because He knows that is what will make us most happy.
He is waiting to show you the way with eager, open arms. Why not run to Him?
Photos by my dear friend Noel
Thoughts inspired by the sermon at my church, you can hear the whole sermon here.