Be Perfect

Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I,
Or your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.

Lesser Words of Jesus; 3 Nephi

Over the last few weeks (months?), the above quote has come to mind. Jesus delivers the quoted words to those survivors who are gathered in the land called Bountiful after he informs them that “[the Father] maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good.” 

The passages before, and after, seem to tie an association between, a relationship with, doing and being (giving alms, walking two miles, give unto those who ask of you, don’t lust after others, etc.).

Is that the case? Is there a direct connection between what we do and who we are? I’m not certain.

As children, most of us were asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Translation, “What do you want to do for a career?” Is that why no one claims to be perfect? We all do erroneous things?

What if be is to let go of those notions? After all, how is it possible to be other than what we are (Note: I’m aware of the software vs. hardware arguments)?

To sum up the thoughts around the quote that keeps coming to mind: what is the nature of that which is observing? Is that which is observing changing? Fixed? Perfect? Flawed? Could it be that the Natural Man – that Enemy to God – is the Ego? And, by letting go of the Ego, the thing that identifies, is judgmental, etc., that we fulfill this command to be perfect?

 

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