Daily Devotional Bible Verse
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6 ESV)
God wants to finish in us what He started when Christ entered our life. For me it was in college. I’m sure God knew the project He was undertaking back then and all the work that needed to be done. As I look back on that beginning 30 years ago I’m amazed at what He has done. The transformation is nothing short of miraculous! It took the power of God and help from a lot of other Christians to continue that good work.
There were many times however over those years I was resistant to His working. There were periods in my life when He was working on me rather than in me. I was wishing to be used by God rather than working on the changes He desired for me. I wanted transformation into the likeness of Christ without trials. In other words I wanted God’s work in me to be easy. I wanted to be used by God without pursuing Him. I wanted to form Christ in others without being transformed myself. I’m sure you can relate. It took me some time until I realized that God is working in us not just for us but, for the sake of others as well. God is working in us to mold us to be a tool to craft others more into the likeness of Christ.
So how is God working in you now? Are you resisting change or persisting through the pain to be changed? Are you simply praying for growth or pursuing it? Transformation in the image of Christ is God’s ultimate goal. Trust Him as He does His good work and see the end result. After all these years of God working in me I have no regrets. His work in me and on me has produced a marriage that helps others have the marriage they want. God’s working has produced a therapy practice where people can change in a healthy, safe and Christ centered environment.
Let God’s grace work in you and on you so that you too can help others bring the good work Christ started in them closer to completion.
Guest devotional by Monte Drenner. Monte Drenner is an author, speaker, Christian counselor and Life Coach in the Orlando FL area. More information about his practice can be found on his website www.mtccounseling.com. Learn how you can become a guest writer.