Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
- James 1:2-4
“Many of us appear to be all right in general, but there are still some areas in which we are careless and lazy; it is not a matter of sin, but the remnants of our carnal life that tend to make us careless. Carelessness is an insult to the Holy Spirit. We should have no carelessness about us either in the way we worship God, or even in the way we eat and drink.
“Not only must our relationship to God be right, but the outward expression of that relationship must also be right. Ultimately, God will allow nothing to escape; every detail of our lives is under His scrutiny. God will bring us back in countless ways to the same point over and over again. And He never tires of bringing us back to that one point until we learn the lesson, because His purpose is to produce the finished product. It may be a problem arising from our impulsive nature, but again and again, with the most persistent patience, God has brought us back to that one particular point. Or the problem may be our idle and wandering thinking, or our independent nature and self-interest. Through this process, God is trying to impress upon us the one thing that is not entirely right in our lives.
“We have been having a wonderful time in our studies over the revealed truth of God’s redemption, and our hearts are perfect toward Him. And His wonderful work in us makes us know that overall we are right with Him. ‘Let patience have its perfect work….’ The Holy Spirit speaking through James said, ‘Now let your patience become a finished product.’ Beware of becoming careless over the small details of life and saying, ‘Oh, that will have to do for now.’ Whatever it may be, God will point it out with persistence until we become entirely His.”
- Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
There is a lot of talk about what Heaven is like, mostly speculation, but one thing is for sure, we will spend a lot of time with Jesus, and it will never get boring. Patience will have its perfect work in us as our rush-rush-rush lives give way to an eternity with no end with the person that we have tried to model ourselves after.
What?! You do not model yourself after Jesus? All stumble from time to time, but true believers have that as their greatest desire. That is the point, the purpose of life, to recognize Jesus for who He is and seek to be like Him. Then all those verses that are misinterpreted by the prosperity gospel peddlers starts to make sense. Desire God and God will give you what your heart desires, and more.
If we have Christ in our lives, that must be our goal, to be more like Him.
But I think that Oswald Chambers puts it well that the remnants of our carnal life make us lazy and careless.
Let us always focus our gaze upon Jesus. May our entire self be Jesus’, our soul, mind, body, and heart – our entirety.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.