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And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Jesus Christ returns. Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
I had a habit of being very hard on myself. As a result, I was also hard on myself about how I was running the Christian race. It was difficult for me to grasp a solid understanding of the progressive work of sanctification.
Could Christ really love me enough not to give up on me with the uneven progress I was making?
I kept thinking that since I was a Christian, it should be easier for me to not struggle with so many things, falter with my attitude, or yield to temptation.
I faltered often. Although I had been saved by grace, I wasn’t sure what living by grace really looked like. So often the Christian messages I heard did not resolve that issue for me and I became discouraged and wondered if Jesus could really love me with so many imperfections even though I had Him in my heart.
When I read Paul’s words in Philippians 1:6, I discovered what was missing.
It was He who was working in me (much like a potter at the wheel) and if my heart were open and yielded, He would accomplish and complete the work in me. It would be finished on the day Christ returned.
Thank you, Lord, for showing me the truth of your ongoing work in me. It sets me free to yield to your hand and trust the work will be completed. I can no more add to this work of sanctification than I could add to justification except to yield. Thank you that you have shown me I can rest in your hands.