A work in progress

The Covington News - - RELIGION -

Paul wrote to the Philip­pi­ans and said: “Be­ing con­fi­dent of this, that He who be­gan a good work in you will carry it on to com­ple­tion un­til the day of Christ Je­sus” (Philip­pi­ans 1:6). He was telling them that they were a work in progress; they were un­der con­struc­tion.

The Bi­ble tells of the mighty works of God in cre­ation. And yet, the work in which God takes the great­est pride is that which he does in the hu­man heart, chang­ing and de­vel­op­ing us into whom he cre­ated us to be.

This is an in­di­vid­ual work. Paul said: “He who be­gan a good work in you.” God is gra­ciously at work in our lives. He has a pur­pose, plan, and de­sign for you.

This is also an in­ward work. Paul said: “He who be­gan a good work in you.” God wants us to sur­ren­der and sub­mit to his in­ner work­ings, in or­der that he can de­velop this work to its fullest po­ten­tial. This in­volves his work of for­giv­ing, cleans­ing, cor­rect­ing and con­form­ing.

This is also an in­creas­ing work. Paul said: “He who be­gan a good work in you will carry it on to com­ple­tion un­til the day of Christ Je­sus.” God is not a quit­ter. He wants to fin­ish what he starts in our lives. None of us have yet ar­rived. We all have room to con­tinue to grow, ma­ture and be shaped and molded into whom he wants to make of us. This is a life­long process.

Yes, we are a work in progress. We are un­der con­struc­tion. God isn’t fin­ished with us yet. Al­low him to work his good work in you. Pas­tor Wayne Ruther­ford LifePointe Church

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