I’ve been studying Colossians lately and in the end of chapter 1, we’re told how we become “holy and blameless and above reproach.” That sounds like a good, spiritual thing to want, right? How do we get that way? “If you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast.” When I read that word “steadfast,” I immediately thought of James 1:2-4.
I’ve found that God always has different ideas of what’s good than I do. I would like to be steadfast by doing easy stuff. But no. Brace yourself as we read how we grow. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (Get your Bible and read the next few verses about stability as well.)
We grow by going through hard stuff. But if we’re going to withstand hard things, we need roots. We have to be rooted in Christ. We have to know that His truth says it’s worth running after Him even with the hard things.