Works in Progress

“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” – Philippians 1:6

A few years ago, my wife and I took on a home remodeling project. To make our home look better, we had to go through an elaborate process of tearing out some of the old flooring, laying down new hardwood, and cutting trim for the baseboard. Our hose was a complete mess. I knew that the remodeling process would make a mess in the garage, and the areas where most of the work was happening, but I hadn’t considered how much dust and grime would infiltrate the main living areas of the house.

While living in the middle of that mess, I couldn’t help wondering whether the project was worthwhile. While our spoons were covered with sheetrock dust and the sound of the trim saw drowned out any possibility of conversation in the house, it was almost impossible to imagine what the house would look like. In order to endure the process, I had to continually remind myself that once the project was financed, our house would be a better place to live.

As we look at the scripture above, and all of Philippians 1, lets consider the ways that God makes our lives new. Philippians 1 reminds us that like a house undergoing a remodeling project, our lives are works in progress. God has a plan to make us new, but sometimes the process of remodeling our lives can seem rather messy. God promises that the project will be worthwhile.

Holy Spirit, help me to become everything you intended me to be when you first created me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.