This month we have been focusing on the truth that we are all a work in progress.
Paul tells us in Philippians 1:6
“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”
and with it we are brought to a safe place in our hearts.
A place where we can embrace our imperfection and inadequacies.
A place where we are humbled and brought closer to God.
Though we were designed to be creative, resourceful, righteous representations of our King, we were also designed to be flexible, obedient and brave. The Lord gave us a heart that beats wildly for those around us; so loudly that we sometimes forget it is emanating from our own bodies. We experience life with a broken heart at times. We fall emotional at the drop of a hat. We fall apart and are often the only one around to lift ourselves up again.
It’s because He is working in us with every breath we take.
God’s plan for the world was destroyed the minute our sister bit that apple. Before the sweetness left her tastebuds, all of humanity was forever changed. Eve had no concept of time; no way of understanding the repercussions of her action. Being just as clueless, we walk each day of our lives, picking up the pieces of that fall; pieces that are strategically placed for us by God and that we cannot always understand.
We are a part of a story that is outside of our comprehension, though we know it by heart.
For the process is given to us one bit at a time, and we are guided to live by faith, not by sight.
The Lord knows we are incapable of handling the riches of His greatness all at once. We are unable to process time and space the way He does. Because we are spirits having a human experience, He must take us through life as humans, and it’s a long grueling process. With every step of the process, however, He molds us into the perfect shape He sees in His mind.
The thought of never being complete can be defeating, yes, but as daughters of God we must see this as a great opportunity.
- Being incomplete gives us the room for Him to dwell in us and speak to us.
- Needing guidance means He plans our days and walks with us.
- He tests us daily, and embraces our flaws as opportunities to teach us again.
On the heels of a resolution-drenched season, I encourage you to take stock of your current state and see all of the unfinished areas as places where God has room to dwell. Open up the spaces that are dark and closed off, and let God move in to fill them with His light. Invite Him to reveal to you all that He has planned for you, then walk in faith knowing your obedience will pave the way for Him to do a great work in you.
If we were perfectly complete, we’d have no reason to need Him.
Praise His desire to build us up a little more each day
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