5:48 — "Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." Perfect?
The Greek word in the Gospel text refers to an end point, a target, a
destination. It means having the destination in sight and keeping it as
a constant goal. To "be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect" in
practice means to act as though you were arriving at your goal, your
destination. In other words, "Act right now as though you were already
in Heaven." That's a challenge worth embracing!