“What is then the perfection of which man is capable while he dwells in a corruptible body? It is the complying with that kind command, “My son, give me thy heart.” It is the “loving the Lord his God with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his mind.” This is the sum of Christian perfection: It is all comprised in that one word, Love.” (John Wesley, Sermon 76, On Perfection)
A family member once asked me as I discerned my calling to ministry, “What is God to you?” My answer…”Love.”
The family member laughed at me, and said something along the lines of, “Come on, David…is that really all you got?” I don’t remember the rest of the conversation, but I know we spoke for a long time about who or what God was. I don’t really think all that God is and does can be summed up in one word, but if it could, I do think that the word “love” would be it.
When I receive the command to be perfect as my father in Heaven is perfect, it is evident to me that love is directly involved in that process. To know the Father is to know love. As we talk about what it means to be perfect, I think it is truly important to consider Wesley’s words above…”My son, give me thy heart.”
What (or who) is God to you? How does that image of God call you into perfection?