Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4 (HCSB)
What is your reason for singing? Well we sing because we are happy and equally so because we are sad. Music strikes a chord (no pun intended) in each of us! We can recall a certain tune that was playing when she first said “I Love You”. We can recall a certain tune when our favorite team won the big game, or when we just needed to be encouraged. We even can recall the moment and tune when we realized that our Creator loves us just as we are.
The memory of that moment of identification with our Savior is a blessing in maturity. Now I did not say that it makes us mature, but it is a step towards spiritual maturity. At that moment our heart and our soul has a reason to sing! We have come to realize the greater purpose of our existence…To Worship the Lord will all of our Heart, Soul, and Mind!
But what happens when we lose that reason? Can it be lost? Well, while we can not lose Christ as our Savior once we accept Him, the memory of the heart change can be lost. The pieces of a broken believer can literally shatter all over the floor and when our hope fades does the Love of the Savior disappear? The easy answer is no, but in our failures and shortcomings we feel as if He is the one that has left us.
James, in the opening of his writing, encourages the believer to put into place “endurance”. It is important to realize that our salvation is not just a single moment, but rather it is an endurance that transforms into maturity…which is ultimately a blessing!