A life that becomes more and more like Christ is beautiful to view, impactful to be around, peaceful for all, and it’s aim is for perfection. We tend to identify with the first three statements I just made, but get confused and even reject the fourth. But hear the writer of James again when he says that,
4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:4 (NLT-SE)
One of the great doctrines of the United Methodist Church is this idea of perfection being the aim of the Christian life. Perfection in the Methodist sense is being so filled with God’s love that there is no longer room for anything else. COMPLETELY filled if you will. It is being so filled with God’s love that it overflows from us to those around us. The picture that describes this is a glass being filled to beyond capacity with water. If you are near the glass, you are likely to experience water in your life as well.
Are you willing to allow God to be in the very center of your life? Are you willing to persevere during times of trials and open yourself to God in new experiences? And are you willing to belong, truly belong, to a community of believers and give of yourself in worship, small groups, and service? If so, you are well on your way to being filled with God’s grace to the point that it will run over and make a difference for not just you but everyone around you.