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Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Spiritual Growth Will Take Time

In summary of Philippians 1:6 it says, “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.”

Bottom line:
God began doing a good work in you, he will continue doing it and won’t finish until Christ returns.

What this means to me:

I am a work in process and I will continue to be for the rest of my life.  The verse that proceeds this verse says, “For you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.”  Part the work I am to complete is spreading the Good News about Christ.  This is something I am to do for the rest of my life.  God will continue to build my character and develop in me Christ’s qualities.  As much as I’d like it be a quick course, becoming like Christ cannot be rushed.  God views my life from and for eternity, so he is never in a hurry.  When I opened myself to Christ, Jesus began his work in my life.  Each day I’m learning parts of myself that I haven’t completely surrendered to him.  Getting with Jesus daily will help.  The more time I spend with him the more of my life he’ll help grow.  I will experience struggles and battles, but the outcome will never be in doubt. God has promised that "he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion." In summary, I should not become discouraged that I haven’t made it yet.  I am a work in progress. The promise from God is that he will not give up on my.  He will continue to grow me.