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
What would it look like for you to be perfect and complete? Take a few moments to read through the book of James today. James is taking us on a journey to completion. Throughout his letter he will give indicators and exhortations of how to step into maturity and completion. In effect, we have been broken apart by sin. Like Humpty Dumpty, who had a great fall, could not be put together again, so also, we, who have fallen through sin, must be put back together. That is what this idea of perfection and completion speaks about in James. As followers of Jesus who have surrendered our lives to him, we are on a journey to be the people he has designed for us to be. We are seeking to live the life that he has designed for us to live. We are allowing him to put us back together, if you will. This journey to completion is only possible in his power and his strength through the Holy Spirit who lives within us. It is a constant movement toward surrendering our desire and our will to God. As we do this, we are brought back into the marvelous light of his intended plan for our lives. He uses tests to our faith to help us in this process. As our faith is tested, it grows stronger. As it grows stronger, we rely more on him. As we rely more on him, we become more complete. So, how are you seeking to be perfect and complete?