On Tuesday during small group Bible study, we were going over the Gospel from Matthew and we came across this verse.
In the verse about loving your enemies, the last verse of this passage came up.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i]and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
That last verse is what it means to be perfect in God’s eyes. We strive to be perfect like Jesus but it’s not easy. But what is perfect?
We watched the clip (see above) and that was what perfect meant in that verse. It’s doing all you can for one another. You’re doing all you can for God. That’s perfect.
The reason why I bring this up is because I am in the middle of a great run by the 49ers. A team that didn’t appear to have a chance to win is now one win away from the Super Bowl.
Regardless of what happens, this team was perfect.
I see these players pretty much every day. They embody what that clip is about. They are perfect. They care for each other. They fight for each other. They lay it all on the line for each other.
Even if they don’t win a Super Bowl, I experienced the perfect season. I saw growth in these men and I had a chance to join the ride with them. That’s perfect.