Finish Your Work, Lord
Since we are the very workmanship of God created in Christ Jesus for
good works, it is imperative that we yield to His creative hand, and allow Him to finish
the work He has begun.
With the new birth God has commenced the character of His people
fashioning us in the likeness of His Son. No human mind could ever conceive or fully
comprehend the full design of Gods infinite wisdom and love. We will have to wait
until that day when Christ comes, or when we meet Him in death, to know His perfect
character. We really are even right now now the children of God, but it has not appeared as yet
what we shall be." But we know when He appears, we shall be like Him,
because we shall see Him just as He is (1 John 3:2).
We are loved by God and have been born again; we
are now His children. But even now, it has not been revealed clearly to
us what we shall be. However, we know absolutely that whenever He comes we shall see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this
hope continually set on Him is constantly purifying himself just as He is
The present reality is we are Gods children because of the new
birth and adoption into the family of God. He wants us to spend eternity with Him. Only a
person who knows God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ knows what it means
to be a child of God.
When Jesus Christ comes a second time all true believers in Him will
become like Him (Phil. 3:20-21). They will have new, glorified, resurrected bodies adapted
for heaven. Such a hope in His coming leads to a life of personal integrity. We want to
live lives that are pleasing to Him.
Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which
have not entered into the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love
Him (1 Cor. 2:9; cf. Isa. 64:4).
We do not know the complete details of this likeness of
God. But we do know that we will be like Christ because our destiny and glory is to
be like Him (Rom. 8:29). We will be like Jesus who is like God (2 Cor. 4:6).
Since we do not know the final outcome of our redemption, who are we
to dictate to God what we want to become? He is the Potter; we are the clay. Lets
let Him choose the outcome. Lets let the Author of our salvation also be the
Pop psychology, self-help philosophies, new age movements lead many
astray with their secular humanism (1 John 3:10). Because they can only reform depraved man they
cannot do what God alone can do through His Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:24; Heb. 12:10). We, on
the other hand, are made partakers of His divine nature (2 Pet. 1:9; Eph.
Gods workmanship is to present every man complete in
Christ (Col. 1:28; cf. Eph. 4:13).
Who am I to impose on Gods handiwork my flaws of humanism when
He has a greater goal in mind? How much better it is to come to Him, and yield to the Holy
Spirit to apply Gods truth to our lives.
We were designed to be like Christ. Therefore, it is in our best
interest to find out in Gods Word what He is like and yield to the divine Potter.
Not I, but Christ. Not man created in mans selfish, depraved, sinful
image, but in all the pure character and holiness of Christ.
A. T. Robertson said, The transforming power of the vision of
Christ (1 Cor. 13:12) is the consummation of the glorious process begun at the new birth
(2 Cor. 3:18).
C. H. Spurgeon wisely wrote: That which is your own work, you
may well blush to own; that which is the devils work, you are bound to detest; but
that which is the work of the Holy Spirit in you, will bear inspection, and no guilty fear
should cause you to conceal it. Let your meekness, your kindness, your uprighteousness,
your truth, your purity appear unto all men. Never let it be a question whether you are a
You are Gods workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good
works. Let Him finish His product. He does not make junk. His work is always perfect and
it is always beautiful in His eyes. Why settle for second best by choosing for yourself?
We are Gods workmanship and that always means He gives us His very best. What is
there that God cannot do for you far better than you can ever do for yourself?
We are His workmanship created in Christ for good works.
Dont mar His new creation.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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