Definitions: (1) worthy of being imitated; a commendable example; (2) worthy of being a paragon; hero; (3) inspiring others to imitate the divine nature and qualities, <love and all of its derivatives>; (4) the Person of such outstanding high regard as to compel imitation
Note on Quote: The key word in this quote is “as.” We are commanded by our Loving Parent to be as perfect in our sphere of finite reality as the Father is in his sphere of infinity and eternity. Since he is perfect, he is asking us (and promising it is possible) to be like him. His goodness is worthy of imitation and we are offered a way (the Divine Plan) to share eternal life with him. The eternal quest is the search for perfection. The desire to be better than we are is part of our nature for a good reason. If we follow his lead we will, bit by bit, find the answers to immortality. The search for God is the final great pursuit.