I wonder if all who were involved in the making of the movie "Jerry Maguire" realized that the sum total of the picture would boil down to being remembered for basically two lines.
One line was "Show me the money!"
The other was "You complete me."
These are the lines that snag our heart and soul.
How many water cooler conversations have included the words, "I can't believe she used that 'you complete me' line." Or, how many underpaid workers have waited for the day when their boss would say "What's it going to take to keep you working for me?", so they could reply, "Show me the money!".
You know life has become a cliche when you start throwing around famous movie lines therapeutically.
We start to actually think that our lives can be improved in some way by using what "worked" in a Hollywood movie.
If that were the case then Hollywood would be the role model of stability.
We love to search for what we can become rather than trying to simply be who we are.
Be who you are. Only perfected.
James 1:4 - "And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
Perfect and complete. It's the way God wants us.
Did I mention lacking in nothing?
James says it all flows from steadfastness.
He also says that steadfastness come from tests and trials like we looked at yesterday.
When we are tested and we survive, we become more firm and steady, more rooted , less easily swayed and shaken.
We want the "full effect" lest our trials be in vain.
It's bad enough we have to suffer a bit in life, but when those tests of suffering produce nothing but a cycle of pain, it's no picnic.
The kind of perfection and completeness that James is insinuating is not superficial, but heart and soul changing.
It's much more tempting to stay the same no matter how bad things are.
The trade off is to lack everything, from knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, down to the base necessities of good health and financial stability.
I much more prefer to be moving toward completeness in Him.
Steady. Firm. Solid. Real.
You can get there from here.
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><