“You shall be perfect with the LORD your God”
Man searches for perfection. God charges us with perfection. However perfection is not always what we think.
In the passage above, Moses commands us to be tamim (תָּמִים), or, “finished,” “complete,” or “perfect” before the LORD. This Hebrew word is not defined as ideal moral perfectionism but is defined as being thoroughly made or heading to a complete or wholeness.
The rabbi note that tamim is used to describe completed years (Gen. 47:18); healthy animal sacrifices (Lev. 22:21-22); nourishing vines (Ezek. 15:5); truthful speech (Amos 5:10); finished building projects (1 Kings 6:22); and even the fulfilled destruction of a people (Num. 14:33).
Jesus echoed this when He said, “Be perfect…” (Matt. 5:48).
Our definition of perfection is different than God’s definition of perfection.
Perfection is not in an action, but in an acceptance. An acceptance of the perfection you are pursuing in your life.
God created and did things that we would see as imperfect. Since perfection isn’t a standard but a labor, perfection will then look different for each person.
Perfection is not something to be obtained but something to be embraced.
I am no longer struggling with perfection.
I am no longer striving to be perfect.
I, me. I am thriving as a perfect, complete me.