Every day starts the same — I wake up, make my coffee, read my Bible, and pray that God would make me more patient and selfless.
And, every day, it’s the same result — I try to rely on His strength and His wisdom during my day, but (at some point) I fail. Sometimes very miserably. I get frustrated with my kids and hear my voice reach an all-new volume. I get annoyed because someone infringed on my personal space, or inconvenienced me in some way or was driving slow and made me late. Please tell me you know what I’m talking about
After the frustration or annoyance has passed and I’ve come to my senses, I realize I blew it. I was relying on my own strength instead of the Lord’s. I was out for numero uno instead of looking out for others.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Most days, I get frustrated with myself. Like I am a hopeless cause. Will God ever be able to change my heart and make me more like Him when I fail miserably (in some fashion or another) every day?!
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.
This verse shed a whole new light on my heart. I may give up on myself, but God never will. He will continue to work on my heart every day and I won’t be made perfect until the day that Jesus comes back.
I use the ESV Study Bible during my quiet times and I love what the commentary says about this verse:
The foundation for spiritual growth is recognizing that it is God who began a good work in you and will bring it to completion. Genuine spiritual progress is rooted in what God has done, is doing, and will do. His faithfulness ensures that he will be with believers until Jesus returns. They can have confidence that the God who has saved them will never let them go, and that they will inherit their eternal reward.
This is the heartbeat behind our WORK OF HEART collection. None of us are perfect and we never will be. No matter how hard we try or strive, we will always fail as long as we are depending on ourselves. We desperately need Jesus to stand in the gap. He is perfect and will work in and through us every minute of every day.
The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.
That’s it, my friend. Just be still. Seek God and let Him do the rest. Relinquish control — I know it’s easier said than done!! I struggle too. I’m a perfectionist, type-A, control freak. I look through the lens of “I can do this on my own just fine — I don’t need help.” But, in reality, that is far from the truth. It’s when I try to do it on my own that I fail in some way. I get impatient or treat someone the way I wouldn’t want to be treated.
But, there’s hope. God’s not done with me. Every day, every hour, every minute, I have the chance to say, “God, I need you.” I can give Him the control and let Him do the work.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
He’s got this, friend. He is working in you, just like He is working in me. He will continue to work in us until our final day here on this earth. We are all a WORK OF HEART — changing every day to be more like Him. But, we need to let Him. We need to put away our checklists and the legalism that so entangles us. We must give Him control. Run the race. Let Him lead you.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Let’s run this race together.
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