I have a lot of unfinished things in my life. Things I’ve started on but haven’t completed. Or things that need attention that I haven’t gotten around to doing just yet.
I have a plethora (I’ve always wanted to use that word in a blog post) of house projects to complete.
I have a guitar that’s been sitting in it’s case for at least a year because it needs repaired and I just haven’t taken it anywhere to get fixed.
I have several ministry ideas that are partially formulated, or that are developed but haven’t been tried or implemented yet.
I have people I need to call, emails I need to send, books I need to read.
I even started a blog post and then saved it as a draft so I could write this one instead.
That’s all the unfinished things I can think of for now, but I’m sure there’s more. So consider this list unfinished…
How about you? Do you have unfinished things in your life? Have you ever thought about the fact that YOU are unfinished?
As Christ-followers, you and I are right in the middle of something glorious and beautiful – our own sanctification. God continues daily to conform us more and more into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. By His grace He is patiently and lovingly rooting out the sin in our lives and making us holy. He’s teaching us to say “no” to sin and our flesh and to say “yes” to His Spirit that lives in us (see Galatians 5:16-26 and Romans 8). He’s rescuing us from our own kingdoms and preparing us for His.
The penalty for our sins was paid at the cross. It is finished. The power of sin and death was defeated when Christ rose from the grave. Because of our faith in Jesus and what He did for us, we stand before God completely forgiven and free as His children.
But God has left some things unfinished. We still live in a broken world. We still continue to battle the sin that Christ paid for and defeated on our behalf. We still continue to grow in our knowledge of God and our relationship with Him as our Father. We still await the return of King Jesus.
The good news is that God doesn’t leave things unfinished the way we leave things unfinished. It’s not because He hasn’t gotten around to it, or because He started and then gave up. It’s not because He’s overwhelmed with other things to do, or because He forgot where He left off.
God has purposed to patiently transform us day by day so that our lives on this earth become a long string of 24-hour opportunities to see His grace at work, praise Him for it, and grow in our hope for what’s to come.
Paul said in Philippians 1:6, “I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
God will not leave you and me unfinished. His grace is at work in our lives daily. Every. Single. Day. And it will be that way until Jesus returns and that work in us is completed.
Today I got to check one thing off my list. I finally got my guitar fixed. And now I’ll get to use it on Sunday to sing praises to the One who continues to fix me.
God’s grace is at work in you too. He won’t leave you unfinished. Today, lift your eyes and see One who is faithful to complete what He started.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. And may your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He who calls you is faithful; he will do it.”