Timeless truths about maturity. “And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:4 What is the result of trials? You develop endurance! You don’t give up or in. You learn a deeper level of dependence. What is the goal of endurance? That you “may be perfect.” The word perfect here means fully grown. It does not refer to sinless perfection but maturity.
Think with me about several things. How many Christians that you can name, without giving it much thought, who were formerly active in church and now either do not attend church or do so sporadically?
How many people in church demonstrated a deep, spiritual maturity? What are the characteristics of spiritual maturity? Here are a few: They put others first. They rarely complain and when they do, they become part of the solution. They share the Gospel quickly and readily. They know how to be in authority and under authority. They avoid blaming others. They are intentionally investing in others so as to grow them in Christ. They are faithful in their commitments. They listen to others and consider the opinions of others more important than their own. They are humble (meaning that their spirit is under the Lordship of Christ). They are generous and gracious, kind and loving, quick to forgive. They have a Biblical worldview.
As you think about these qualities, ask the Lord to show you the areas that He wants to grow you.