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
This morning as I slowly ascended out of my slumber to come and talk to God before the busyness of the day begins to pull on the energy that I have for the remaining week, I started thinking about going through the journey versus just being along for the ride and how this is tied to our walk into maturity as God’s children. I think the reason this has been on my mind is because of something someone I heard mention and it resonated with me. She said: we can be saved, but not journeying with God. When she said this, I wrote it down and thought about my own journey into spiritual maturation and all that it has entailed.
And there is truly a difference between going through the journey, allowing God to mature you as you face many seasons, valleys, wildernesses and storms and just being along for the ride, not really learning the importance of the direction or redirection or becoming stagnant in your position in Christ. I had to ask myself which category do I fit in, the journey or the ride? And I am wondering where you are on your own path to full maturity. The way we see the journey is a reflection of how we see God. If we do not sense His presence and the leading of the Holy Spirit in every part of our walk, then are we truly growing in Him? Are we truly fixing our gaze on His vastness and surrendering to His pruning?
I am not sure what leg of the journey you are on today and what you are facing, have faced or will face that will test your commitment to Him, but wherever you are my friend, let God in. Let Him finish what He started. Let Him mature you in your testing. Let Him teach you in the midst of the pressure and embrace the changes that He is demanding of you. Sometimes we forget He made us and in all things, He just wants what is best for us, but are we too consumed by what the world wants from us or all that He desires for us to be rewarded with, IF, we diligently seek Him and intentionally journey with Him; not just sitting in the passenger seat waiting for the next turn, or watching from the sidelines, or following what everyone else is doing, but expecting to learn from the road we are on to keep us aligned to the path that He has set before us.
Seek Him, Obey the Call, Complete Your Assignment