Thought for the day #292

 

 

COMPLETED PERFORMANCE

 

 Philippians 1:6 (NASB)

6For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

Many of God's people go about feeling incompetent and totally insecure.

 

Every Christian desires to be effective in the Kingdom of God. We want to be a vessel that is efficient and capable.

 

Just when we get a little self-confidence, something happens in our life bringing discouragement. Perhaps we make a mistake. Or, after extending great effort,    someone offers pointed criticism.

 

We are devastated. Depression takes over. We feel like a total failure.

 

Remember that most criticism comes from those who are jealous or haughty in their spirit. They are tools of the enemy. They may be deliberately trying to cripple and destroy, or a Christian, who is unknowingly be used.

 

Perhaps we have fallen short in our expectation. There may even be room for some criticism. Nevertheless, there is no reason to give up.

 

 We must remember that we are a work in progress. God is continually forming and shaping our lives into exactly what he wants us to be.

 

It does not matter what other people think. The important thing is to please our Lord and Redeemer. The Lord is always forgiving, and much easier to satisfy than are people.

 

He began a good work in you when you became a new creature in Christ Jesus through repentance and water baptism (Acts 2:38) He will continue to mold and shape you, constantly refining you until that great Day of the Lord.

 

Be encouraged. Our Lord Jesus is both patient, and forgiving. He is perfecting you day by day. Rejoice! You walk in His righteousness and not your own.

 

Prayer:

 

My heavenly Father, I come to you as an imperfect child. I know that I sometimes fail in my efforts to serve you. The criticism of others has hurt me. I didn't respond very well. Please forgive me. I want you to keep nurturing me and complete the work that you have already begun. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.