I’m reading “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis again. I love this book. In the book he tackles the idea of Christian perfection. So my sermon this week takes a look at this topic, whether it is even something Jesus asks for from us and whether it is even possible.
“Be holy, because I, the Lord your God, am holy” (Leviticus 19:1).
Jesus said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
“[Jesus has] perfected forever all those whom he is making holy” (Hebrews 10:14, NLT).
Impossible? Why does this intimidate us so much?
In his book Lewis talks about the why this scary to us.
He talks about having a tooth ache when he was a kid. He knew that his mother had the cure for the pain. But he still didn’t want to tell her because she was going to want to make him get a complete solution. All he wanted was the aspirin. She was going to insist on taking him to the dentist. The dentist was going to get to the root of the problem and then he would start looking for other problems to solve.
When we come to Jesus to take our sin and take our problems we just want Him to forgive our sin. But He is going to insist on getting to the root of the problem. He is going to start looking around for other issues to solve.
“Hey, I don’t want to look at that one yet! I still kind of like that one. That isn’t hurting anybody.
Fix that stuff I invited you for and get out of there.”
Jesus is not going to be happy until he has returned us to the original plan; Perfection. His kind of perfection
So you say, I’m not perfect and I have never met anyone who is perfect. So what does he mean “Perfect”? The Bible word is “telos” which essentially means, “to fulfill the purpose for which you were created.” (http://www.nph.com/nphweb/html/pmol/pastissues/2003%20Pentecost/sermon_long/sermon22long.htm)Can we be flawless in our walk with God? No. Can we fulfill the very purpose for which we were created? Yes we can.