A Huge Project
Today is December 3 and I have a huge project that I am working on for Christmas. As I look at it, I wonder if I will get it finished. I am not panicking yet. But I feel that panic is waiting for me around that next corner. I know that I cannot look at the whole thing at this point. If I do, I will definitely be overwhelmed and fall headlong into panic mode. I have a plan and I must just keep my head down, hold my focus and follow my plan – just like “eating an elephant”, right? One bite at a time.
Another Huge Project
Speaking of huge projects, I have been thinking about the work God has done on/in me at this point, the work I know of that He still has to do, and the work He needs to do that I do not even know about yet. I am sure you are familiar with the word for His working on us to make us like Jesus – sanctification. I am so thankful that He does this work step by step because this project is so much bigger and exponentially more important than my Christmas project.
Avoiding Being Overwhelmed
It is possible, though not wise, for me to spend time looking at my entire Christmas project at this point because it may/will cause me to panic. With the project of my sanctification, I am so thankful that I cannot see all God still has to do because I am sure I would be completely overwhelmed.
2 Peter 1:3-7 NIV
“3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. 4Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption of the world caused by evil desires.
“5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and brotherly kindness, love.”
First Five Words
We have spent time in the recent past looking at this beautifully rich passage. I love the step by step way this passage helps us see an order of growth in our relationship with God. One of the best parts is the first five words!
“His divine power has given…”
His divine power is not our power, is it? It is His power (the power of the Holy Spirit) and He will work in us to establish these things in our lives as we seek Him. Jesus said that He was going to send the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. (John 16:13)
It is His project and our only role is to seek Him and cooperate as He works in our lives. We cannot stir up our own righteousness or do our own sanctifying, can we? But, we can trust Him to do it! Isn’t that fantastic news!!
What a wonderful Savior!!! Lord, please make us what You want us to be!
Things to Ponder:
- Am I taking time to seek God each day so I will be ready when He begins working on a particular part of me?
- As He works on me, am I cooperating with the Holy Spirit or am I fighting Him?
- What do I know of in my life that needs to be worked on? Are these things that I have been fighting God on?