But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
1 Peter 5:10
The best things cost more, there is no doubt of that. On the material plane, the best clothes, the best car or the best wine, will always have a higher price than normal. If we spend a day together with the best athlete of any sport, we could realize that he does not only depend on his natural talent but also devotes himself to training many hours each day in order to perfect his skills. In the spiritual, Jesus Christ is our coach and we will be tested in order to be perfected by God.
One could say that Michael Jordan is the best basketball player in NBA history. ESPN has been voted the best athlete of the 20th century, defeating boxer Muhammad Ali and baseball player Babe Ruth. Jordan was an athlete with a natural gift who had a fervent desire to improve. He worked hard to be more athletic, strengthened and develop his skills. When Jordan was recruited by the Chicago Bulls in 1984, after a stellar college career in North Carolina, he seemed to have a great race to come because of his career and jumping skills.
Jordan looked like a player who could reach the ring at will because of his speed, but had no ability to launch from outside or physical strength. In his rookie season he was a revelation. Making use of his speed and ability to jump, he scored 28.2 points per game 51.5% pitches from the field and 5.9 assists per game. However, he knew that he had to work on his strength, since he could be pushed into the game, and he must know how to use his power.
Jordan’s second year was short because of an ankle injury. However, after recovering, he decided that his game was more complete. Jordan had always been a “gym mouse” in his youthful times, but then focused on training his strength. Although he lifted weights, he focused on body development exercises. The exercises developed his body strength. All this allowed Jordan to strengthen more than rivals. Undoubtedly Jordan perfected himself to become the best athlete of the twentieth century.
As children of God we are called to excellence because we must be light of the world. If we have as Father the Most High, we should not be content to continue in mediocrity, but our longing should be to seek to show with dignity who we are children. Perfection is a process of hard trials, pain, tribulations, passing through the wilderness, and allowing ourselves to be guided by the Spirit of God at all times. Just as Jordan had a coach who helped him to perfect himself, establish himself, strengthen himself, and settle himself as the best athlete and he paid a high price, we will be tested in the spiritual in this life.
In 1 Peter 5:10 we see the end of our perfection in the call we have to eternal glory in Jesus Christ. The Bible never hides the truth and tells us that we are going to suffer for a while; but it is the God of all grace who is in charge of perfecting us, affirming us, establishing us, strengthening us and settling us as heirs of His Kingdom. God bless you.