perfect and complete.
that sounds appealing. alluring. attractive.
it also makes me laugh, turn my head, and walk in the opposite direction.
if i’ve learned anything over the past 29 years, it’s that I’m not that. oh, there are huge spans of my life that i’ve wanted to be. desired to be nothing less. periods of my life when i thought i was pretty darn close. i did have the whole good girl thing going for me. but alas, i have very much always fallen short. the answer to why lies in the how. how i’ve pursued it. i did well in school, listened & obeyed every elder, worshiped in church, led Bible studies, and so on and so forth. but, it was never enough.
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4
various trials – plural, not singular. everyone has their own definition of trials. even to one person, trials can mean several different things given the differing season of life that he/she might be in. it’s become a cliche to ask “why do bad things happen to good people” or “why would God allow her/him to go through ____” i’m not here to give anyone an answer to these questions but I do know what the Lord tells us through James. we are to consider all of these trials joy.
lacking in nothing. perfect and complete. no missing parts. no need not met. that’s what these various trials produce. this is the end result. it’s not achieved through my checklist of accomplishments throughout my life. it’s not accomplished through my to do list on my phone.
I can only be perfect & complete through Jesus Christ.
He alone achieves this in me.
through James, He tells me that various trials are a part of the equation. “trials” definitely aren’t as alluring as “perfect and complete” but James also speaks of greater grace. if there’s anything i need on this journey to be “lacking in nothing” it’s most definitely grace upon grace.
perhaps, I shouldn’t turn my head and run the other direction after all…