An Active, Strong, Challenging Response to Your Faith
by Jen O’Sullivan
James 1:4 (ESV)
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
The words James uses are specific to that time period and are more precise in meaning than our translation. For example, in the above text the word Steadfastness, or the Greek word hypomone, means an active, strong, challenging response in ones faith.
To put it simply, maturity in my faith is a product of testing.
I am impatient and have difficulty waiting for anything to be complete. My desire for steadfastness is huge. I long for the day when I no longer crumble under this intense pressure from my choices. My knees buckle literally under the weight at times. This steadfastness that I am enduring is definitely a strong, active, and challenging response to my test. I long to be complete and steady, settled in my understanding of God’s will and my own lack to control it. Let us continually ask God to be refined in His fire! Just like gold and silver in its purest form.
Maranatha! (Come, Lord Jesus!)
~ Jen O’Sullivan