Jesus [Yeshua] challenges us to be the person God wants us to be. Jesus challenges us to grow up. Grow up! Yes, you heard that right.
It is not about us or our unique personalities. God has given us His identity.
Jesus only does what He hears and sees His Father saying and doing.We need to get outside of our “me identity”. It isn’t about who I am. It is all about who I am in God.
Jesus wants the same for us. We have a God created identity. We are a new creation in the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. We share that with Him through baptism.
God’s goal for us to live the Life of Jesus, doing everything His way. God’s goal for us is to grow up.
You therefore must be perfect [grow up], as your heavenly Father is perfect. | The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 5:48). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
To be whole or complete; also referred to as “mature.” Throughout the Bible, especially in the OT, God is referred to as being “perfect” (Ps. 18:32). He is complete and lacks nothing. In addition, the “ways” of God are perfect, implying that not only is God perfect in His essence, but He is perfect in His actions.
God’s law is also described as being perfect, indicating that it is complete and able to accomplish its purpose. In the NT James reminded his readers that “every generous act and every perfect gift” originates from God (James 1:17).
The perfection demanded of followers of Jesus is a state of spiritual maturity or completeness. Jesus was commanding His followers to strive towards a state of moral and spiritual God-likeness in their lives.
Jesus was encouraging His disciples to love their enemies in the same way that God loved them. By so doing they were proving the perfection or maturity that He desired. Because of sin within the world, Christians will only realize true perfection in heaven, but the exhortations given in Scripture encourage all to continue to strive towards it in this life.
Therefore, God also becomes the source of all that is “perfect” within this world. We are to mature and grow up.