I’ve been looking at the path to maturity in the book of James. I want to talk in a little more detail about the result.
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
This is obviously something that James believes that we can attain to. But in understanding the words that he uses, it goes against what many people preach.
I believe that God’s Word is truth. That means that no matter what people say, I have to trust that God’s way is correct.
What do I mean by all this? Simply that the word James uses for complete is a compound word. It means having your whole allotment. It speaks about everything that God has for us.
God wants us to be mature, receiving everything that Jesus paid for on the cross. But James doesn’t leave it at that. He goes on to repeat himself by coming at it from the opposite direction.
He says that as a mature believer you lack nothing. That literally means that there is not even one thing missing.
As I said in the first post of this series, the Book of James was the first Scripture that the Holy Spirit gave to the church. I find this amazing. The very first thing that the Spirit reveals to His church is that He wants us mature…AND…that there’s no lack in the walk of maturity.
Why is it that so many Christians seem to be missing out on God’s best? I think that it’s because we don’t know what we’re really lacking. We’re under the impression that we need things, or money. But that’s not the lack – according to Scripture.
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
Immediately after telling us that we should lack nothing, James tells us what to pray for. If there’s an area of need in our lives, then the deficiency is in our wisdom. At the point where we lack wisdom, there will be a material need.
This is clear from what Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, wrote.
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
You can sum up this passage by saying that if you possess Godly wisdom, then you don’t need anything else. Finances, a home, a good job, friends, and much more will be available to you if you can walk in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
The reason should be obvious. Wisdom is the ability to make the right choices based upon the knowledge you’ve received.
We live in an age where we have all the knowledge we need, right at our fingertips. We can search out any answer we require on Google. The problem is that knowledge by itself doesn’t guarantee our success. You need to know what to do with it. That’s why God promises us His wisdom.
I’m so glad that there’s no qualification on the Lord’s promise of wisdom. Anytime, anywhere, I can ask Him and receive the wisdom I need.
If you lack anything, then it’s time for a new strategy. Instead of praying for “stuff”, ask God for the wisdom you need. Then be listening for His voice to guide you in the right paths.
Question: How has God’s wisdom helped you in the past?
© Nick Zaccardi 2017