Work In Progress – Business as Usual
It is great to be back after our holiday. As we got back to the manse last week, we arrived to a construction site, as the kitchen refurbishment wasn’t quite finished yet. On Sunday, coming to the church we found another construction site.
The work was in progress at both sites, but business was as usual, which is great. They were a very tangible illustration to me of our Christin life. I expect that’s how God sees our lives: WIP – BAU (Work In Progress – Business As Usual).
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour He begins His work in us by His Holy Spirit to reconstruct our lives, our thinking, behaviour, attitude, our personality to mirror His life, attitude and standards. But our daily life does not stop, we are not ‘parked’ in a layby or the equivalent of a garage until we are fixed and the new Christ-like we roll out back into the world. No, business carries on as usual. We live our lives, do our jobs, engage with people around us, our loved ones and family, friends, etc. And bits and pieces in our lives are fixed sooner, and work well in a Christ-like manner; while other aspects, habits or attitudes need longer time to reconstruct. In some ways we work well as Christians, and in other things there is room for improvement! But life goes on, business as usual, while God faithfully works His purposes out in us.
It would have been fantastic to come home to a completely finished kitchen and church. But that is not the case. We are still extremely grateful for the work that has been done and is ongoing. It is exciting because the signs of something new and better are already visible. We give thanks to God for all that he has already done, and wait patiently for the rest to be finished too.
So when you feel you are not progressing in the faith as you wish, when you feel some aspects of your personality and character still need more work on, be patient and be grateful for the work the Lord is continuing in your life. Look back and see the changes he made in you. Rejoice over the things he already transformed, or even replaced. And wait patiently for the rest of the work to be accomplished.
I love these verses in the Bible:
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 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)
Our God is faithful, and he keeps his promises. He never leaves any work unfinished, and when he gets down to work on something that will be good (see Genesis 1:10, 12, 18, 21, 25). Trust Him as he continues His good work in your life. It will be ready on time!