And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. (Genesis 17:1-2)
Today's Morsel: The Encarta Dictionary defines "Perfection" as: the quality of something that is as good or as suitable as it can possibly be. Somebody or something that reaches the highest attainable standard, or an instance of this . Other words for perfection are: excellence, faultlessness, rightness, flawlessness, aptness and suitability. The word "Perfection" means to reach the highest attainable standard. To become complete. To mature. So what is the highest standard? To be like Jesus. The Lord told Abraham at ninety nine years old to walk before Him and be perfect, and that He would make the covenant between them and that He would multiply him exceedingly. Perfection isn't hard to obtain. It just requires us to purpose in our hearts to do what is right. It requires not compromising our integrity. Job was called a perfect and upright man because he retained his integrity at all cost. Perfection requires us to allow the Word of God to be living in our lives and that we walk the same as He walked (1 John 2:6). Paul said that God gave us the fivefold ministry for the perfecting of the saints. Since faith comes by hearing the Word of God, and we overcome by our faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God, if we are going to become perfect, we need to be in a place where Truth is preached and instructions to grow in Christ are highly encouraged.
Sing: To be like Jesus, to be like Jesus, on earth I long to be like Him, all through life's journey, from earth to glory, I only ask to be like him.