“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
For those who strive to become righteous, the Lord presents an impossible standard. For those who attempt to do good with the hope of being rewarded with spiritual or earthly blessings, the Bible presents a different message. Be perfect. Notice that God does not say, “become” perfect, but “be” perfect. If a person thinks that it’s impossible to meet that standard of perfection, than you have reached the conclusion the Bible intends. You can’t be perfect. But, there is a way to be perfect and that’s the intent of a media campaign that was launched today in Provo, Utah.
Beginning on Sunday evening, a television commercial was aired several times on major cable TV channels in Provo and Orem, Utah. The TV commercials began with the statement “Living Righteously” and asked if it was really a process for blessings or not. The commercial concluded with the statement “Stop the Pain” and referred to a website, www.beyeperfect.org. In conjunction with the TV commercials, a total of nineteen advertisement will be seen on bus shelters throughout the city of Provo. Again, the phrase will be “Living Righteously” and refer to the website.
The standard instituted by God is to be perfect and there only one solution provided. By faith alone in Christ, we are perfect in Christ. Right now, we can be freely and fully forgiven. At this moment, we receive the full benefit of what Christ has already done for us on the cross. His perfection becomes our perfection. His righteousness becomes our righteousness. With that knowledge, we unlock the secret of the kingdom of heaven. By faith, we are what God intended us to be. Created in his image, humans beings respond by loving in return and through love we glorify the Creator. We no longer strive to become pleasing to God, but we simply be what God intended for us to be — a saint in Christ Jesus — someone who is set apart from the world, but of the world. A saint who is perfected by the completed work of Christ and a sinner — infected by original sin and living in a fallen world. Our lives in faith is a reflection of Christ’s perfection.
This is the message from the new website, www.beyeperfect.org. This site will go into more detail about Jesus’ command for all people to be perfect and other questions related to salvation.