As the character of Christ becomes ours, maturity comes. Character is revealed in the midst of trials. It is then, that it is formed as well. Our faith is tested and patience is produced. We are placed in situations just to know we do not react the way we used to. We also recognize the areas in which we are not yet changed.
To be the way we are, while knowing we are not yet as we will be, keeps us hungry for more. We yearn to be whole. We look forward to what is to come. Our transformation appears to be slow, when in fact, it’s more than we can grasp. We often do not see ourselves maturing when we are going through the process. It’s after something has changed in us that we notice it has happened. Pride might cause us to see maturity when it’s not really there, while humility prevents us from recognizing our development.
In the Lord we are complete, fulfilled spiritually as we grow into that fullness. We grow because we sense something is missing, and we long for it to be realized. The trials we face will be used by God to show forth His glory. Christ will fulfill the work He has begun in us. Let’s consider not only what was, or what is, but also what will be, from glory to glory!
James 1:2-4 “My brethren, 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.”