Every day we walk past a house that used to look pretty sad. But someone had a plan, money, and patience. As grand structures began to rise behind that wall, we could tell that something major is going on. Little by little, it’s beginning to resemble the grand and beautiful plan that is now posted outside the gate.
I am like that house. I belong to an Owner who has taken possession of me and is working on me patiently over the long haul until I will someday be just like His blueprint for my life. While my physical body is showing the effects of age, my spirit is being renewed to be more like Jesus as I submit to His Inner Beauty Treatments.
I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6)
This afternoon we walked by a shielded-off lot where a sign announces that a tall building will rise. It’s been like that for a long time and we haven’t seen anything yet rising above that barrier. However, this afternoon, through a break in it, we could see a deep hole. So something IS happening there! Before they can build up, they have to dig down deep.
What is going on inside me—or someone I observe—might look like nothing. No observable progress. But maybe God is already digging, laying the foundation for something amazing that will suddenly become visible. I wonder what God’s doing in me and what his plans are. I do want to cooperate, make this as painless as possible, and later on revel in the result. Maybe like a make-over. We have God’s guarantee that this will happen:
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6