Someone needs to hear those words today. I had a couple other blog posts rolling around in my head but when I specifically asked God what to write about today, He gave me this:
God’s not finished with you yet.
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. ” ~Philippians 1:3-6
It’s so easy to wonder where life is going sometimes, yeah? Maybe you started off on a journey…God gave you a vision and direction so you set off on the course to go after it. Now you find yourself listening to the cricket soundtrack while wandering in the woods or the desert (do crickets live in the desert?!) and wondering if you missed God or if He’s forgotten about you.
But He hasn’t. ‘He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.’
You are a masterpiece. You’re a priceless, valuable and rare piece of artwork. If you’re an artist yourself, or know one and/or have been around one, chances are you know that an artist’s work is never done. I can take 10 awesome pictures and while editing them still think ‘I wish I would’ve shot this angle too.’ I have friends who consistently go back and re-edit images they previously considered finished…other friends who never stop tweaking their graphic designs or hand drawn art work.
Leonardo DaVinci himself said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
God is the master artist…but thankfully for us, He never abandons us.
If you feel as though you are a partially finished piece of artwork, be encouraged – you’re in good company because we ALL are! Even those individuals who appear to have it all together are still works in progress. God isn’t finished with you yet.
Those areas that you consider flaws are simply ‘works in progress.’ There is no condemnation in God (Romans 8:1). Take the negative thoughts you’re using to beat yourself up and throw them at the foot of the cross. You’re you. You’re human. You will have bad days and times where you lose your temper and get upset over big and small things. There will be days where you feel like a failure and like nothing you do matters or will ever be successful.
But God isn’t finished with you yet.
Yesterday or this morning or five minutes ago might’ve been a less than stellar moment…but you can choose in this moment to set your eyes on God and allow Him to remind you that you’re more than a conqueror. He is for you – God is your number one cheerleader. The areas you see as ugly and messy are simply sections of unshaped clay ready to be molded by His more than capable hands.
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion…and God’s not finished with you yet!