THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
CALLED TO PERFECTION - 2
The call of God to us in its fullness is impossible for man.
It is a call to be perfect just as the heavenly Father is
perfect (Mt 5:48). In fact, this call is unnatural. We are
sinful flesh so how can we attain to the perfection of the
Father? Just consider how so few saints (canonized) there
are compared to the billions of people in the world who were
and are carnal and worldly.
how unnatural it is. What is natural? To “hate your
enemy.” (Mt 5:43b). What is unnatural? To “love
your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you”
(Mt 5:44). But this is precisely God’s point. Jesus
tells us this so “that you may be children of your heavenly
Father” (Mt 5:45a). God is perfect, and so should His
children be. God created a perfect world where there was no
sin, and God intends to restore this perfection in heaven,
where we are destined to go.
is natural is to be worldly. It is to be like the tax collectors
and the pagans (Mt 5:46b,47b). What is unnatural is to be
other-worldly. It is to be set apart. It is to be holy and
be a saint.
For man this is impossible, but for God nothing is impossible.
So how can we be holy and perfect? Who are the saints and
how do they live? “They do no wrong; they walk in his
ways.” (Ps 119:3). God has told us the way we are to
live. God has given us His commands. “You have given
them the command to observe your precepts with care.”
(Ps 119:4). God has given us our guidebook, the Bible. God
has made us part of His Church, the body of Christ on earth.
have all the help and grace and empowerment we need. We just
need to respond positively and apply ourselves to God’s
law. “May my ways be firm in the observance of your
statutes!” (Ps 119:5). God has already shown us the
way. We must first learn and seriously consider God’s
ways. “Then I will not be ashamed to ponder all your
commandments.” (Ps 119:6). Second, we must study and
reflect and enter more deeply into God’s law, with great
sincerity of heart. “I will praise you with sincere
heart as I study your righteous judgments.” (Ps 119:7).
Finally we must resolve to obey, neither veering to the right
or to the left, but keeping to God’s straight path.
“I will observe your statutes” (Ps 119:8a). Ponder,
study, observe. Such is the path to holiness.
The Church is the new Israel. Just as God entered into a covenant
with Israel, so too do we have a covenant with God as Christians,
through the blood of Jesus. We cannot attain to holiness just
on our own, but need the help of others likewise called. And
God looks not just to individual holy persons, but to a whole
community that He can call His own and use for His purposes.
is covenant all about? Well, it is a truly great and wonderful
deal! When “you have accepted the Lord’s agreement:
he will be your God” (Dt 26:17a)! But we have our part
to play. We are to “walk in his ways, observe his statutes,
commandments, and ordinances, and obey his voice.” (Dt
fail to do so would have dire consequences, as we could cut
ourselves off from God. Thus we have to seriously and steadfastly
and wholeheartedly try to observe our end of the agreement.
“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.”
the other hand, to observe God’s commands would have
truly magnificent consequences. We become God’s special
people, and He will protect, preserve and prosper us, raising
us in renown over all. “And today the Lord has accepted
your agreement: you will be a people specially his own, as
he promised you, you will keep all his commandments, and he
will set you high in praise and renown and glory above all
nations he has made” (Dt 26:18-19a).
we can finally become the people God truly desires us to be.
Thus “you will be a people holy to the Lord, your God”
“Blessed those whose way is blameless, who walk by the
law of the Lord. Blessed those who keep his testimonies, who
seek him with all their heart.” (Ps 119:1-2).