Unfinished Business

Today’s post is by my good friend Chan Rambo. Chan is a great writer, and I’m so glad to have her contributing here on this blog. She’ll be sharing with us from time-to-time going forward… Enjoy!

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

I get frustrated sometimes, feeling “unfinished.”  I‘m a work in progress, like a building with the foundation poured and some of the structural beams in place. I forget that I am still under construction, because I want to be ready to pick out paint colors and just enjoy living in that “perfected” life.

But God is taking me quite a long distance, in spiritual mileage. The trip from completely unrepentant sinner in full rebellion all the way to perfected image of what He intends for me to be is – well, too much for my car odometer to measure, at least. It is easy to idly wish that the transformation was instantaneous. The truth is that if it was, I couldn’t bear it. To be insta-perfect would mean being aware of every last bit of my sin, so that I could repent of it all. I’d have to see myself as clearly as God sees me, and look at every single point where I am falling short of true holiness. The magnitude of that would almost certainly overwhelm and devastate me.

With slower, sometimes imperceptible progress, I see only what the Lord reveals to me from day to day. And he only reveals just so much – probably just as much as I can handle at that moment. With him revealing what I need to repent of and think differently about today, just a tiny bit at a time, I can bear it. And the Lord knows a great deal more about what I can bear than I do.

In the book Unoffendable, Brant Hansen describes his friend Chris, who can pick up a pile of trash and make art out of it. Chris can see potential that is not obvious to others.

“God sees things we don’t. He must, because He hasn’t vaporized us yet. He must look at a seriously messed-up world and still see what can be done with it. He sees what it can and will be.

“He apparently sees us the same way. He’s not just an artist, of course, like Chris. He’s also a Father. Good dads are like that. You may be a drop-out, underachiever, whatever, and a good dad will still love you, but he’ll push you to change, because he sees a different you ahead. He sees a finished product, an adult who uses his or her talents and is a blessing to others.

“He sees something wonderful.”

– Brent Hansen, Unoffendable

I don’t have enough imagination to guess what God sees in me – I’m just incredibly grateful that He is willing to do the work to get me there.

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