Wednesday, October 27, 2010

He Will Finish What He Began


"For we are His workmanship …" (Ephesians 2:10).

Sometimes the Christian life is filled with frustration, discouragement and guilt. These are all rooted in self-reliance, and are a failure of faith to lay hold on the reality of God's workmanship in our lives.

God is at work in you!

"Now unto Him Who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" (Ephesians 3:20).

"For it is God Who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).

"From Whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love" (Ephesians 4:16).

William R. Newell well articulated the basis of the distresses of the Christian life:

"To `hope to be better' is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.

"To be disappointed with yourself, is to have believed in yourself.

"To be discouraged is unbelief – as to God's purpose and plan of blessing for you.

"To be proud, is to be blind! For we have no standing before God in ourselves." (Romans, Verse by Verse)

The fact is simple: we are not self-made; rather, "we are His workmanship" (Ephesians 2:10). The great, wise and mighty God of the universe is steadily at work in your life. You are His handiwork. He began the work, and He will finish it. This was Paul's confidence.

"Being confident of this very thing, that He Who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6).

It is the faithfulness of God that carries out this work in you to its completion.

"Faithful is He Who calls you, Who also will do it" (I Thessalonians 5:24).

Things are not as they appear. This divine work in our lives will culminate in "EVERY MAN" having the praise of God. This means that one day God will praise you. How could it be otherwise, for after all, YOU ARE His workmanship!

"Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes ... and then shall every man have praise of God" (I Corinthians 4:5).

If it is true that God has made you and that you have not made yourself, if it is true that He began the work in you and will complete it, then why do you fret so? Why are you so anxious and troubled? Why are you so full of care, frustration and discouragement? After all, is He not God? Is He not in charge? Is not He the Creator, and you are His creature? Rest in the peace of this wonderful truth.

"Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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