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Then or Now


James 1:2-4

Verse 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.


We mentioned yesterday that maturity will never be complete in this life. Today we look at what James meant by complete.


As we learned yesterday, we can’t be complete in this world but there will be a time that God will complete His work in our life and we will be on to the afterlife with Him. But we shouldn’t count it out of our study just because we won’t reach it in this life. The fact is that this knowledge should once again bring us joy because what it reminds us is that this life isn’t all there is.


If we are living for God and riding the trial, persevere, maturing cycle, we are heading to that ultimate goal of completion. Once again this is not an easy ride but it is a needed journey. As we talked about earlier, we have to remember that this life is not all there is. In remembering this, our life should be reflecting this knowledge. We need to ask ourselves if we are living as if this life is our main goal.


It is so easy to get caught up in all the things of this world. We can fill our calendars with activity after activity looking to get everything we can out of our time here. We spend our money with the idea that we need to make sure we have the latest and greatest. We want our kids to know how to really live, allowing them every opportunity to become a sports star or to excel in some other extra-curricular activity. Sadly, though not bad in and of themselves, when these things are put in front of things that would encourage spiritual growth, we are by our choices telling our kids that the things of this world are more important than those of eternity.


We make choices every day that show if we are thinking about eternity or about the temporal life. These choices reveal if we are wanting to finish this earthly life well off in the world’s eyes or complete in God’s eyes. Of course we aren’t saying that we will lose our relationship with God but rather that we will miss out on the relationship while here on earth that growing spiritually brings. Choose wisely!


Making It Personal

Do you see the importance of choosing what you are living for? What are your life choices saying about your desire to grow spiritually? What needs to change?


Making It Personal Kids

What are some things that are important to you? Are those things important to Jesus too? Are there some things that are important to Jesus that should be important to you too?


Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for the reminder that You and Your ways should be the most important things in our lives. Help us know what is and isn’t important in life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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