It’s often not easy admitting we need help. It’s much more difficult to admit we are totally helpless. Talk about a blow to our pride and self-esteem.
Sometimes, however, it’s essential for survival. Yesterday we saw this regarding people being rescued by a lifeguard. Or think of a person standing on a crumbling mountain ledge. The worst thing they can do is move even a muscle. They must stand perfectly still and let the first responders rescue them.
Spiritually we were in such a situation. Sin made us helpless.
“They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”Romans 3:12
We, however, have trouble seeing this. Too often we are like the person who rejects the evidence that their body is filled with cancer. The more they reject it, the blunter the doctor speaks—for their own good.
He knows he must convince them of the seriousness of their situation before he can treat them.
This is what God does when he commands us, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Yesterday we looked at the “be” and how he commands perfection right now. Like the doctor who needs to be as forceful as possible, Jesus adds “even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”.
This shows he’s commanding an absolute, not a relative, perfection.
The standard to which we are measured is Heavenly Father himself.
Jesus doesn’t want us to have any misconceptions or any false hopes. By this command he is laying bare the seriousness of our situation. We just don’t need help. We need a miracle.
And that is what God offers us. His solution is to cover us completely with Jesus’ perfection.
“He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness”Isaiah 61:10
Making Jesus’ perfection our perfection is the only solution.
This is the only way to remain in God’s presence. We do that by resting all our hopes of salvation in what he has done for us.
Like the person standing on the crumbling ledge, don’t move a muscle to save yourself. Instead trust completely in Jesus.
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Additional Questions You Might Have
Is Jesus a good example for my life?
One of the lesser emphasized biblical truths is that Jesus lived a perfect life, not just to give us an example of a godly life, but also to fulfill all righteousness for us.
Does God punish people for not keeping his commands?
It’s true that Scripture talks about God punishing people for not keeping his commands. But this is not his default position!