Where are you spiritually? Have you ever asked yourself that question? I know for myself, I am not satisfied where I am spiritually. And I know that we all could be farther along than where we are. But through it all, we should be grateful that God is directing events in our lives in order to bring us to the place where we need to be spiritually. Let me explain, the trials that come into our lives are from the hand of God to help us get to the place where we can best grow. James 1:2-4 profoundly states that we are to:
“…count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
The word “perfect” means to be mature.
God’s purpose for our trials is our spiritual growth into spiritual adulthood. That will not happen without some pain, sweat, and effort. Allow me to prove the point with an illustration, When a butterfly is ready to leave the cocoon, it has to fight its way out. If anyone tries to help the butterfly get out of the cocoon, you have doomed that butterfly because it needs that struggle to strengthen its wings so it can fly.
We all have a tendency to think our struggles and trials are an inconvenience, but our God is too wise and too kind to allow us to remain spiritual infants, whining whenever things do not go our way, and demanding what we want when we want it. We must keep in mind, the very things that we try to run from are the very things that we need to conform us into the image of Jesus, and I am finding out that the Lord will not be satisfied until we get there.
I have read that when a goldsmith is in the process of purifying gold, he keeps turning the fire up so that all of the impurities come out of the gold. He then scoops off what is called dross. The goldsmith keeps turning up the heat until he can see his face. That is why God in His infinite wisdom knows how to keep turning the fire up on us so that everything that is not right will keep rising and He can scoop away the impurities until He sees Jesus Christ in us when He looks at us. It is only when we look like Christ that God knows we have come through the fire.
I want to encourage you not to fight against the process to maturity. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom as you continue becoming one who glorifies God Almighty.
Your servant in Christ,