Today’s Sermon: Our Shared Call To Perfection

“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

Matthew 5:48

A wonderful word of inspiration from one of my favorite Facebook pages.

Our Shared Call To Perfection
Matthew 5:48

The pursuit of perfection is being and in some cases has been written off as the responsibility of all Christians

  • We have used scripture to excuse ourselves: “All have sinned and fallen short …” “There is not a man who does what is good and doesn’t sin” “Judge not least ye shall be judged …”
  • We clergy tend to excuse ourselves as much as the laity: Social Gospel, Praise-emphasis worship

Jesus gives the charge of perfection to all who would follow Him

  • He spoke to the multitude — the righteous, wicked, and all in between
  • He uses the word “shall” — this makes perfection not an option, but a command

Every Christian, clergy and laity, must strive to reach a virtuous, holy, and perfect life
We have perfect resources to help us reach this goal

  • A God to have a loving relationship with — our Father
  • A point of reference beyond earthly standards — in heaven
  • A bridge to carry us from where we are to where we want to be — Jesus (the cross)

“One should not say that it is impossible to reach a virtuous life. But one should say it is not easy.” — St. Anthony the Great
“With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.” — Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:26)

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