Every Thursday, the day always starts very early: 5:00 am up and ready; 5:40 am, on the road; by 6:00 am sharp, coffee and confectionery at the usual spot. As usual, the two men who join me are late; often, it's a good time to quietly pray and think. Today however was different; a vexing and hard question popped on my mind. ‘What is Perfection?’ ‘Does Excellence correlate with Perfection?’
The bible says, "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5 v 48). As we began the meeting, I read Daniel 6 v 3; it says Daniel had "an excellent spirit in him" and in the end, "the King gave thought to setting him over the whole realm."
As we read on, one guy exclaimed “Still, excellence is not perfection”. Everyone paused in deep thought; it’s like the shadow overcame the object and the moon eclipsed the sun. As we wrapped up to go to work, we could not erase the question that still lingered in our minds. How do I become perfect?
In one article ‘You Shall Be Perfect’ by Gene Taylor, it was stated that "perfect" means ‘to be COMPLETE’. Hebrews 2:10; 5: 8-9 state, Jesus was made "perfect" through suffering. Thus, he completed his assignment through suffering [on the cross]. Similarly, the word "perfect" in Hebrew means "mature" or "grown up."
This, in my opinion teaches us that we should aim at achieving perfection and excellence in everything we do; be it job duties, talent, love; etcetera. With regards to love, Matthew 5 states “Let your love be complete as God's love.
Having said the above, I agree with what Brene Brown said, "imperfections are not inadequacies”. We should simply consider imperfection as necessary encounters as we soldier on towards perfection. After all, we "have all sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3 v 23).