God Will Finish His Good Work [Part 1]
Are you ready for some good news?
God has done a marvelous thing in you, but He isn’t finished yet. The best is yet to come.
Most of the time, we grow frustrated over the unfinished business of life.
A couple years ago, as we prepared to move, I hired a couple teenagers to help me clear out the massive, stuffed attic that had been accumulating junk for sixteen years. I thought we’d never finish. Childhood toys and clothes. Knicks and knacks. Moldy furniture and broken lamps. Boxes and crates. At first, I tried to go through it all to make sure we didn’t throw out anything valuable. But, when it seemed that it would never end, I became more generous toward the “throw away” pile. One of the young men picked up an item and said, “Do you want to keep this?” I grimaced, sweat rolling down my neck in the hot attic, and declared: “If it isn’t a solid, gold brick, throw it away!” I just wanted to get finished.
We tend to think that it’s always better if something is finished. But some things are better unfinished.
In my younger years, I enjoyed painting landscapes and animals. One painting, though started over 30 years ago, remains unfinished. It is my famous acrylic rendering of “The Horse in the Mist”. It started as a horse in a field, but there was clearly something wrong with the horse. To hide some of the horse’s abnormalities, I decided to add a beautiful mist rising from the field around the horse’s hooves. The mist looked better than the horse, so I added more mist. Eventually, the painting became more misty than equine. But, I have declared it an unfinished product because as long as it is unfinished, it can be improved.
Though we crave to get things finished and it frustrating to face so much unfinished business in our daily lives, it is a marvelous piece of Good News that you and I are unfinished.
There is a good work going on in you by the Spirit, but it is not finished. God isn’t finished with His work of grace in you.
If you ever become elated thinking you’ve “arrived,” you won’t find your elation to last long. Growing, changing, and improving is what makes life wonderful and adventurous. You’re not all that you will be. And that’s the Gospel!
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