Monday, August 29, 2011

Test and Trials=Steadfastness

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

All of us have needs, but few us like to ever admit those needs. So there are times in your life that God will allow you to face a trial so that you clearly see your need in the midst of what you are facing. 

But what is encouraging about facing a trial and being in need is that by recognizing our deepest need for Christ then all other needs and trials can be counted as joy because it is helping produce spiritual maturity within us. Yes, this is encouraging, but not always easily recognizable. 

This has been something that I have been wrestling through myself in the last six weeks in the midst of my families own trial once we were uncertain of our future back in mid July. I can honestly say that James 1:2-4 were the last verses on my mind as we received an unexpected email, but in the process of six weeks God has worked on my heart to where now I can read these verses and honestly say that I count it all joy because of the spiritual maturity that it is building in myself and my family. 

I recognize now that what we have been facing has been a trial and a test. A trial and a test that I believe I can now say that we count it all joy because of the steadfastness that it is producing in us that will help lead us to faithful endurance in South Asia when we face troubles and afflictions of numerous kinds. 

So wherever you are, whatever you are going, know that your ultimate need is for Jesus Christ. Once you recognize that need then everything else you face in life can be counted for joy because it is all part of maturity that is helping lead to steadfastness, which ultimately will lead to perfection at the return of Christ.

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