The importance of being thorough

God's creation is thoroughly perfect and entire, leaving no room for imperfection or incompleteness. God's likeness, spiritual man, thoroughly expresses all His qualities and includes all His ideas. And Christ, ideal manhood, embraces the true selfhood of each of us. The Bible says, "Ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power." Col. 2:10.

But people must be spiritually awakened in order to realize that man's perfect and complete individuality is their only real identity. Here Christian discipleship is indispensable. One follows the Saviour, Christ Jesus, by understanding and demonstrating the truth he exemplified. In exact proportion to the thoroughness of one's discipleship, one finds and proves the completeness of his true selfhood by overcoming error—sin, sickness, lack, loss.

If someone feels he is missing some quality or condition of spiritual good, Jesus' teachings show him how to realize his completeness. The Saviour asked, "What woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?" Luke 15:8. This brief parable can teach us lessons about thoroughness—lessons that in turn help us to find our present and complete identity.

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November 5, 1984

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