Do you believe you are going on to perfection?”
Perfection? What an impossible goal, some of us might think. We are just trying to do the best we can, and we know that we are not anywhere near perfect! How could the question even be asked. We are often encouraging ourselves and others to self-acceptance. Self-acceptance is difficult enough, much less the idea of perfection. What a question!
This is a question that is regularly asked, however. It is asked of those being ordained in the United Methodist Church. It was asked by John Wesley to any who were leadership in the early Methodist movement. United Methodist believe in perfection. Steve Manskar in wesleyanleadership.wordress.com says: Wesley defined perfection as “love [seated] upon the throne which is erected in the inmost soul; namely, love of God and [humankind], which fills the whole heart, and reigns without a rival” (Sermon 92: On Zeal). It is the “holy tempers” formed in the soul: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
It is a lofty goal, but we are called to aim high. We are called to self-acceptance, but we are also called to grow in God’s grace. We are always a work in progress. We need transformation. We need to strive towards perfection. If you don’t believe that you are going on to perfection, then where are you going? Are you headed anywhere? Are you just staying where you are?
This week, let us accept that we are not perfect, but we are going onto perfection. We are on a journey. Let us work towards being more fully the people God has created us to be.