He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
This tells me that the work is continual and ongoing. What God began in me, He is faithful to complete it.
I may look like a hot mess, a hopeless case, but you should have seen me before God began to work on me. When I look back over my life, I’m reminded of a sculptor working on an image. It takes lots of time and patience as he gently carves away small amounts of unwanted or unneeded material. If you’ve ever watched a sculptor in process, it always looks weird until it’s finished. At that point, it’s a masterpiece.
What I didn’t expect is that as the piece is finished, it looks nothing like me, but more like Jesus. What you behold on the outside is merely a shadow of what He’s created inside of me.
Psalms 51:16-17 MSG says it so well; “Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you, I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.”
This is what my praise should look like, an offering of myself, daily, moment by moment, laying down my desires, my ambitions, my goals and dreams for His.
Father, as I walk this out today, may my offering be a sweet incense to you. Thank you for being so patient with me. For creating in me a clean heart and renewing a right spirit in me. Don’t ever stop working on me! I want to resemble you more and more everyday, in every way.