In the opening to his letter, James tells us to find joy in our trials, knowing that those trials are making us stronger, as we become more steadfast in our faith. In today’s verse, he shows us the eventual result of our steadfastness (also rendered perseverance or patience)…
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:4)
The New International Version [NIV] renders the phrase mature and complete. Perfect in this case does not mean sinless, but mature. We will not reach the point of being sinless on this side of Heaven, but by God’s grace, we can reach greater Christian maturity. This is often a by-product of our trials. Some of the most mature Christians you will meet have suffered greatly in life. Their suffering has drawn them closer to Jesus, and has helped them to see the world through His eyes.
Notice James says that when we reach this level of maturity, we will be “lacking in nothing.” That’s interesting, because trials normally involve the lack of something. We lack good health, or proper finances, or freedom, etc. But the mature Christian realizes that when he has Jesus, he really has everything he needs.
Today’s Good News is that if we have Jesus, we have everything we need!
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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