A Life Under Construction
Daily Bible Reading – Song of Songs 5-8; Philippians 1
Today’s Key Passage – Philippians 1:3-11
Awhile back my wife and I were driving home after visiting my parents house when we noticed the passenger airbag light in her car illuminated. We were not sure what the light meant or why it was on, but when the driver’s airbag light also illuminated on the dashboard we realized that obviously there was a mechanical problem somewhere in the vehicle. As I stared at those two lights, my mind raced with thoughts of our safety while driving the car the rest of the way home as well as the impending repair bill that would undoubtedly accompany these lights. To put it mildly, my reaction in the car that day was less than Christ-like, as my worries and frustrations boiled over and I reacted in the flesh. Following my mini-tirade, I immediately realized how inappropriate my behavior had become, and I looked at my wife for her reaction. As I looked in her eyes, I found that the judgment that I expected to see and rightly deserved was not there. Instead, I saw in my wife’s eyes compassion and love, as she supported me in repenting from my sin.
At times like these, I am reminded of a couple of things. First, I am reminded how far I have come since I began my walk with Christ. It was not that long ago when outbursts like this one were so common from me that I would not have given them a second thought. More importantly, I am reminded of how far I have yet to go. I am reminded that no matter how far I have come, I am still a project under construction. In times like these, we can find comfort in today’s key passage. In it, Paul is expressing his thanksgiving for the church in Philippi. In verse 6, he gives all of us hope as he says, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” No matter how far along each of us are in our walks with Jesus, we are all still under construction. We all have times of failure. We all have times of reacting to things in the flesh instead of the Spirit. We can be confident, though, that God is not finished with His work. He has been working for all of us since the beginning of time. He worked for us when He created the world, and He worked for us when Christ died on the cross. He began His work in each of us when we first came to Him and were saved. By the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, He will continue His work in us throughout our lives until we are called home or Christ returns.
During a trip to New York, my wife and I went to Ground Zero where the World Trade Center towers once stood. At the time, there was a constant motion of people and equipment working on building the new memorial site. The site under construction was not much to look at, but there was no doubt in our minds that the men and women working on the project were not going to stop until their work was finished. Likewise, during our lowest points we may not be much to look at, but there is no doubt that God is not going to stop working until we are complete. The next time you have a moment of failure, remember Paul’s words to the Philippians. In those times you might think God is looking on you with all of the judgment and condemnation that you feel you rightly deserve. Instead, what you will find is His unyielding compassion and his unlimited love as He supports you in repenting of your sin. In those moments, praise God for His work on the cross, and thank Him for His promise to complete the good work He began in you.
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Posted on June 11, 2014, in 11 - Philippians and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, God's Character, Godly Living, Jesus, Religion, Repentance. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.