Under Construction

Have you ever made such a mess of things that you just felt like the ‘mess’ was beyond repair? Possibly a relationship blunder or fiasco on the job and the residual fallout left you feeling like perhaps you should just leave or quit. If it were possible, you would just start all over with a new identity. The problem with that is, ‘wherever you are, there you will be.’ You are always the common denominator.

Eventually, we let our guard down and the part of us that we wish would ‘grow up and do better’ seems to show up again in the next relationship or situation. Tough old bird-that old nature; it sure dies hard.

It is so easy to identify with the apostle Paul, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” (Romans 7:24). It is the next verse, “thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord,” that answers his question. So there is hope for each of us.

Though we fail and come short of the glorious standard God has for us and though we suffer the consequences of our choices,  it is still true that failure doesn’t have to be a permanent condition.

Patient continuance in well doing (Romans 2:7) reminds us that growth is a process that takes time. Time equals wait. Patience suggests that sometimes we will miss the mark and will need to try again.

So, ‘be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord’ (Psalm 31:24). Although you are not a perfect child (of God), He has no favorites  (I Peter 1:17). It is the impartial love of God that sustains us.
 
Move forward, in spite of your weaknesses; keep doing the right things even when it feels as though it makes no difference; this is how we cooperate with the work of the Holy Spirit.  We are being conformed to the image of Christ, we are under construction.