||: I wish my testimony was one of unwavering faith.
I wish my high school class mates would all tell the same stories of my obvious love for Jesus. Of my commitment to the Gospel at all costs…
Now, some of them would. Because I do love Jesus and am committed to the Gospel.
But others wouldn’t because they’ve seen me fall to sin and act pridefully.
In fact, I’d wager that many of us are this way. We wish we could have another chance at past situations.
These were my thoughts prior to writing this. Pretty grim way to spend an afternoon, right?
But here was God’s answer to my angst and self-disappointment: “I’m not done with you yet.”
He brought Paul’s words to memory:
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6 ESV
I’m not finished, he’s still making me! I’m still being molded and shaped and conformed to Jesus’ likeness (Romans 8:29).
And here’s more good news—so are you.
God’s not done with us, we are still being drawn and invited into relationship with him. Jesus served us first, and from that place of being served by him, we can serve him and his Church.
What God did for me was turn my focus from myself and toward Jesus. This may seem simple, but it is a monumental gift of change and transformation.
When our hearts are focused on Jesus we see his servanthood and selflessness, we see his love for the Church (Ephesians 5:25), we see the image to which we’re being conformed.
This changes us because we join Jesus in his mission and work on the earth. This is the context in which this molding, shaping and transforming takes place. No matter where we’ve fallen or cracked, our Maker has a grand design and intention for us that is not yet complete. Rest in hope and turn your focus upward and outward.
Let the Father change your narrow scope from simply today, to that of eternity.
Do you let past failures dictate your standing before God? If so, stop! Rejoice today that we are being made more like Jesus as we accept God’s invitation to join him in his work. He isn’t done with us yet:||