Hold Steady - We're Not Done Yet

Did you every help your dad with a project? If you were younger then probably one of the jobs given to you was to "hold this". You know that job. I know I do. At some point during the project I would also hear, "Stop moving around. Hold still. I need that." or something to that effect. I've said it to my boy. My dad said it to me. I'm sure it goes right up the line all the way back to Adam. 

The book of James is our "hold steady" book. It is the theme I see running throughout and the topic James starts and ends with. Remain steadfast. Hold steady. We're not done yet. Every topic he touches on is either about how to remains steadfast, what to be steadfast in, or what will be (or is) a threat to holding steadfast. James is about standing strong in our faith no matter the circumstances, trials, and temptations.

"And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

"Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him."

"Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord."

"You also be patient. Establish your hearts for the coming of the Lord is at hand."

"Behold, we consider those [prophets] blessed who remained steadfast."

Those are just the verses that explicitly use the word steadfast or patient. The idea of steadfast faith, lived out no matter what, is present in almost every sentence.

So what are you faltering on today? Are you on the verge of quitting? Have you quit already? Pick it back up, start again, and press on. We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. Trust that promise, lean in to the struggle, and stand firm. Hear the words from our great Father, "Hold steady kiddo...we're not done yet."

Mike