“… until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:13, NAS
If we trust Him and allow Him to do whatever it takes, we will not only suffer no harm, but we will find that His manner is perfectly suited for our need.
We will make the glad discovery that His goal is our personal transformation.
He wants to conform us to the image of Christ. What it takes in each life is quite different and He tailors each treatment to our individual needs. If you long to become like Christ, you will not resist the Master’s hand but welcome the toughness as well as the tenderness!
We will learn in spite of ourselves that His grace is our perfect sufficiency.
When the thorn seems too much to bear, the storm seems to be hovering and pounding the coastline of our hearts far longer than we think we can take, we will find that He is sufficient at a whole new level than we have ever known before. Earlier periods of trust will appear to be simplistic and shallow after we have experienced His perfect sufficiency to carry us through.
We will come to realize once more that His glory is our primary reason for living.
Ultimately, we are willing to submit to Him and His methods of molding our hearts because we want to glorify Him more than we want to remain as we have always been. Our main purpose will never be to avoid difficulty, but will be to walk through fire, brave the winds and the waves and endure the piercing thorn if that is what it takes to bring glory to Jesus Christ.
What a privilege to know that God is at work in each of us, growing us up to maturity in Christ, “to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”
QUESTION: What does it mean to be mature in Christ? As you think about all that is going on in your life right now, how do you think God is using your areas of greatest difficulty to make you complete in Christ?