Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1 NKJV)
God wants us to perfect holiness in the fear of God. A lot of people think that it is not possible to perfect holiness but it is. If the Bible demands it then it is possible.
To perfect holiness does not mean that we will be as perfect as God. It means that we can walk in an acceptable level of holiness which is known as Christian maturity. It means that we constantly desire to please God always. Even when we make mistakes, we quickly correct ourselves and continue hungering and thirsting after righteousness.
The truth is that when the hunger for righteousness is there, the grace will be available. Those who are spiritually mature put God first in everything, they put other men second and put themselves last. They serve others in love instead of wanting to be served and worshipped. It is what you want that you will get. If you are a minister and you want to be worshipped, you will attract worship and at the end of the day you only have yourself to blame because you could have disciplined the human nature in you by the power of the Holy Spirit. However, you loved the pleasure of sin better than Christ.
Paul and Moses were mature in their walks with God. They put God first in everything. Jesus Himself was mature and perfect and demanded that we should be like Him. He came in the flesh to prove to us that someone putting on flesh can be perfect.
Jesus instructed us to imitate Him but a lot of people will still grumble and say that Jesus is God, so His divinity enabled Him when He was on earth. That way, they convince themselves that it is impossible and get discouraged. They cleverly forget that Jesus came in the flesh and was tempted just like us. He struggled and fought. Those who choose to think that way, think that they are clever, but that is not the godly kind of cleverness.
Paul was focused and He kept imitating Christ. He said, “imitate me as I imitate Christ.” For me, I try to imitate Christ but if you are more comfortable with imitating Paul, that is fine. Paul is a great Christian role model.
As we desire to imitate Christ and keep imitating Him, God will keep supplying more grace. May great grace be upon us in Jesus name.