“And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:4).
Do you notice that it does not say get the law right and don’t sin? It says endure and through endurance you will set aside sin. And what is perfect and complete? It literally means finished and whole. There is a hole in you and who will fill it? Will it be you? No, despite all you can do the hole will still be there. Will it be the Lord? Yes. By His grace you will be finished and whole. With the Lord, you have all you need.
Lord, You know where I am anxious and missing necessary things. You know those parts of me that need to be worked upon. You know me better than I know myself. I have always been known, but You alone have fully known me. Lead me, O Lord, so that I may be made whole as You finish me in this age, preparing me for the age to come. Lead me through what You are doing in order that I may be completed in You.
Lord Jesus, You have come so that I may have life and have it abundantly. You have come to take away my sin that I may walk in the newness of life. Through all that may come my way, grant that I may look to You, who alone is able to guide me perfectly, to endure what comes in this life. Help me, Lord Jesus, to walk humbly with You and follow You where You lead. May I learn to endure to the perfect result of Your salvation.