Masterpeice or Work In Progress? Lesson 5 of 40
Not only did I want to present a perfect image for others, but I also wanted to present myself as perfect before God. I used to beat myself up when I would make mistakes, wondering if I would ever be able to get it ALL RIGHT, ALL THE TIME. God has had to remind me repeatedly that He knows that I am not perfect but that I am a work in progress. A work that won’t be completed until I see Jesus. The work that God is doing in me does not end the day that I accept Him as Lord, it is continuous! It’s not just any work that He is doing in me, it’s a GOOD WORK!
A good work that brings pride, jealousy, unforgiveness and all the like to the surface. I don’t have to lament because they are present but rejoice in knowing that they don’t have to remain IF I YIELD TO THE CONTINOUS PROCESS OF BEING PERFECTED. I love that God finishes what He starts, so I can be confident in knowing the work He started in me will be completed when I see Jesus. Take a moment and soak it in-talk about something to look forward to!
But wait, there is more! Ephesians 2:10, reminds us that we are also God’s masterpiece, a great work of art, God’s beautiful poem. I dare double dare you to daily look yourself in the mirror and declare, “ I am God’s masterpiece, created new in Christ Jesus for good works!” LISTEN, you better meditate on that scripture to knock insecurity back to the pits of hell where it belongs. Let the church say “AMEN!”
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.