God Expects More than Minimum Effort

February 19, 2017

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48)

Today’s Gospel passage asks us if we are all in. Anyone can do the minimum, we are told; but can you go the distance? Love your friends and pray for them? Sure, anyone can do that. But can you challenge yourself to do more? Can you love your enemies and pray for them?

The Gospel passage ends with, “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Certainly that is a goal for all of us. God does not expect us to be perfect, but He does expect us to be continually working toward perfection. He does expect us to challenge ourselves.

He does want us to be all in.

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