“You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Is there anything unique about you? Is there anything special about you? Before we answer this question, let’s study the text at hand. Jesus says, “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” The word “perfect” here is the greek teleios which literally means genuine. It implies growth and godliness. In other words, if you are a Christian, you are to be Christ-like. You are unlike others! Let us look at some of the ways in which the Christian manifests this uniqueness and special quality.
The natural man may observe the law, but he does so grudgingly. Whereas the spiritual man goes further and delights in the law of God. The natural man may be moral, but only out of fear of punishment. The spiritual man goes further and hungers and thirsts for righteousness (Matt. 5:6). The Natural man always thinks of sin in terms of action, whereas the spiritual man goes further and thinks of sin in terms of the heart.
The natural man looks at God as someone who is to be obeyed only, whereas the spiritual man goes further and sees God as his Father and wants to please Him. The natural man looks at himself and admits that perhaps he is not entirely perfect. The spiritual man goes further and realizes he is vile and hell-deserving (Matt. 5:3-5). The natural man may feel sorry for others, but the spiritual man goes further and sees them as victims of sin and wants to evangelize them.
The natural man often does a great deal of good in this world. However, he usually keeps a record of it. The spiritual man goes further and gives without counting the cost, he gives and serves sacrificially. The natural man may face tribulation with dignity, but he is always negative. Whereas the spiritual man goes further and rejoices in tribulation. The natural man when facing injuries or injustice may choose not to retaliate, but the spiritual man goes further and loves his enemies (Matt. 5:38-48)
The natural man may die with dignity. He may die without grumbling, or without complaining. Whereas the spiritual man goes further; he is not only not afraid, but has a sense of anticipation, as he looks forward to seeing Jesus and his heavenly home.
You see the spiritual man always goes further than what the natural man can go. He is unique, and this can only be described as an act of God in his heart. So after reading this, ask yourself which one you are. Are you the natural man or the spiritual man? If you are truly converted through faith in Jesus Christ, then you are the spiritual man and your life should exemplify that.