Completion

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  James 1:2-4

This week we conclude our study of James. We have considered together what it means to be on the journey to completion. James writes a compelling letter to give insight and guidance into how to live in such a way that you are growing in your faith and in your actions. He lets his readers know that trials are going to come into their lives. They can be sure of it, and they can be ready. But also, they can realize that God will use these things in the lives of those who remain steadfast in the times of trials. As you get a chance this week, read through the letter and watch for the ways that James calls us to be steadfast. Consider how in your own life you have seen times of trial growing your faith and reliance upon God. Notice how they have caused you to move a little farther along the way in this journey to completion. Remember that it is God’s design for you to become more aware of his presence in every situation. Remember also that you are a partaker of his divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). His divine nature within you will continue to work in your life as you submit to his leading. How can you continue to grow in your journey to completion?