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February 25, 2014

February 25, 2014

"God is Not Finished with Us"

“Be 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 NIV

Have you ever noticed this in yourself?  You’re a great starter but aren’t as good at finishing.  There are all sorts of unfinished symphonies, buildings, books, projects that people have left just as they are.  We may not always finish what we start, but God always finishes what He starts.

Read Genesis 1 for yourself.  Notice that at the end of each day it says, “And God saw that it was good.”  The day and its work were done.  It had the essence of God in it and therefore was complete.

Fast forward to Jesus coming and He began a good work in us.  Once Jesus starts that work, He will finish it.  He doesn’t care how long it takes because He has eternity.  It doesn’t matter what road blocks or shortcomings we have, He will help us become like Him.

When we get to heaven we’ll be just like Him and there will be a great party for us.  That’s His goal, to help us get to heaven.

In the meanwhile, if we want to enjoy the people in our lives, we need to be patient with their progress.  We must allow for their growth and development.  Paul could have easily said, “I’m not the man I used to be, thank God.  But I’m also, thank God, not the man I’m going to be.  I’m growing and changing.”

Want to cut down the friction in your marriage?  Learn to enjoy your husband or wife as they are right now, while allowing for growth and development.  Same thing with your kids, accept them as they are now, but give them the space to grow and mature.

There’s no such thing as a perfect adult or child.  If you demand perfection of the people in your life in order to enjoy them, you’re going to be miserable for the rest of your life.  Unfortunately, you’ll probably make them miserable, too.

After all, nobody’s perfect except Jesus.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don