“And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:4).
Perfect and complete. Sounds good, doesn’t it? I would love to get to that point where I feel like I have nothing else to learn, nothing else to gain.
But you know what comes right before verse 4? Verse 3: “for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”
Oh boy. The testing of my faith. Do I really have to go through that in order to gain steadfastness, which is what leads to my being perfect and complete?
And you know what comes before verse 3? That’s right, verse 2? Want to see it? Are you sure you’re ready?
OK, here goes: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.”
Trials of various kind. Producing steadfastness. Leading to being perfect and complete.
So I guess that “lacking in nothing” part that comes at the end of verse 4 would mean that I have everything I need to face these trials of various kinds. That’s comforting. I know that no matter what I encounter in my life, God is always there with me. That old adage that is completely false and non-biblical can be thrown out. God certainly will give me more than I can handle so that I will depend on Him.
And I will gain steadfastness.
And I will be perfect and complete. In Jesus. When He takes me home.
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