From the March, 2000 issue of Touchstone

Raising the Bar by Thomas S. Buchanan

Raising the Bar

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
—Matthew 5:48

For my three-year-old son, a very good day is one during which he has not once wet his pants. As a very young man, the bar of success for him is not very high. As adult Christians, the standard that we are to use was given to us by our Lord during the Sermon on the Mount, wherein he told us that we must be perfect, just as our heavenly Father is perfect.

The word Christ uses for perfect also is used to denote a type of completeness or an attainment of full maturity. In this sense, Christ is calling us to become fully mature men and women, not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually. . . .


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