I have been pushing “embrace the process” to my family and friends this year. What do I mean by that? Simply put: the Christian path to maturity is a process, and it takes time, so embrace how it works out in your life. Do not rush God; He is not in a hurry and His timing is perfect. Submit to the will of God and let Him do the work in you.
Read the following from Andrew Murray concerning James 1:4 concerning our goal (Christian maturity) and our action plan (wait for the work to be completed by yielding to the Holy Spirit and His time schedule).
But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:4, HCSB)
Perfection (maturity) is a seed. The life, given in regeneration, is a perfect life. Through ignorance and unbelief the soul may never get beyond knowing that it has life, and remain unconscious of what a wonderful, perfect life it has.
Perfection (maturity) is a seed. It is a blessed hour when the soul wakens up to know this, and with a perfect heart yields itself to appropriate all that God has given. The perfection of the perfect heart, a heart wholly yielded to seek God with all its strength, is again a seed, with infinite power of growth and increase.
Perfection (maturity) is a growth. As the Christian awakens to the consciousness of what God asks and gives, and maintains the vow of a wholehearted surrender, he grows in his sense of need and his trust in the promise of a Divine life and strength, until all the promises of grace come to a focus in the one assurance. “The God of all grace will Himself perfect you”; that faith which was the fruit of previous growth, becomes the new seed of further growth. Perfection now develops into something riper and mellower. The overshadowing Presence of Him who perfects, rests continually on the spirit, and the whole character bears the impression of heavenliness and fellowship with the Unseen. The soul makes way for God, and gives Him time to do His work; the God of Peace, perfecting in every good thing, gets entire possession. The soul rests in the rest of God.
This is not the work of a day. Perfection (maturity) is growth.
Man is the creature of time, and is under the law of development. In the kingdom of heaven it is as in nature, from the seed first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear. There is nothing at times that appears more mysterious to the believer than the slowness of God.
True faith recognizes the need of time, and rests in God. – Andrew Murray