“If You Would Be Perfect”
Give us a constant desire to be moving toward greater wholeness and completeness in this life that we live in you.
Give us a constant awareness of our great need for greater wholeness and completion, an awareness that will not allow us not to claim more progress for ourselves than we have in fact made.
Give us a constant willingness to grow in our commitment and ability to give up those things, as you call us to do, that mean the most to us and on which we inappropriately base our security.
Give us a constant motivation to have as the goal of our life to follow Jesus and to lay up treasure in heaven through service to others and sacrifice for others that are compelled by the presence of your grace in our lives.
“The young man said to him, ‘I have kept all these; what do I still lack?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.” (Matthew 19:20-22)