“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
One of the key marks of a mature and complete disciple of Christ is perseverance.
In what ways does perseverance make us mature and complete?
With perseverance, we press through tests of faith without losing hope or our focus on Jesus and his example. With perseverance, we remain engaged in relationships with other Christ-followers despite conflict and differences. With perseverance we pray for those we are serving, including those who don’t yet know Christ. With perseverance, we stay engaged in the calling, assignment, and roles to which we have been called, so that God’s purposes can be accomplished and his glory revealed.
“Lord Jesus, I pray for the grace to continue to grow in perseverance so that I, too, would be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”