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Friday, September 16, 2016

There Are No Shortcuts to Spiritual Maturity

In review 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 who began this good work in you will be faithful to complete it.

What this means to me:
I can be assured that God, is the one who began his good work in me, and will continue this work in me until it is finished, the day that Christ returns.

Today's verse comes from the first chapter of Philippians where Paul is reflecting on the people of Philippi.  He is telling them about how he prays for them. He gives them the assurance that God, who began a good work in their lives, will be faithful to complete it when Christ returns.

What I’m learning is that the development of Christ-like character cannot be rushed. It takes years for me to grow to adulthood. It takes a full season for fruit to mature and ripen. The same is true for the fruit of the Spirit. Spiritual growth, like physical growth, takes time.

Before Christ truly came into my life at conversion, he had to “soften me up” by allowing problems I couldn’t possibly handle. The moment I opened myself to Christ, God got a “foothold” in my life. While I may think I have surrendered all my life to him, there’s a lot to life that I’m not even aware of. I can only give God as much of myself as I understand at that moment.

It’s good to be reminded that once I gave Christ a foothold, that he begins the campaign to take over more and more territory until all of my life will be completely his. 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 until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6 NIV).

Today, I should consider what areas of my life have I yet to surrender to Him? Also, what kind of fruit do I want God to produce in my life?