Do you feel that once you repent and become a follower of Jesus Christ that your faith and growth in God is finished? I say ABSOLUTELY NOT! It has only gotten started. We Are Unfinished In the Hands of the Potter!
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Do I Need to Be Looking For Growth in God?
In all honesty, we will NEVER become close to becoming like Jesus Christ because he is perfect and we are NOT and NEVER will be this side of Heaven. That being said, it doesn’t mean we should not strive to become more like him though.
Repenting is the first step. After that, sanctification is in progress day after day. This means we are always looking for growth in God.
Though our salvation is secure and complete, there is a work of Christ in our lives that is not finished. Growth in God will continue until we reach Heaven’s gate.
Jesus Christ knows the situations we face and He experienced the same challenges that we endure. Even on the Cross Jesus asked the Father why had he forsaken him. But he didn’t.Click To Tweet
I will be the first one to admit that I have too many flaws to name but I want to live my life in such a way that people will know that I’m giving it my best shot in imitating my Lord and Savior. Don’t you feel the same way? I sure hope you do.
As Christians, we are a “work in progress” so to speak.
Will we make “ALL” the right choices? NO! Will, we mess up? YES! Over and Over again.
Thank you God for mercy is all I can say.
Sometimes I can envision God saying, “Angie,” “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” Backup and Rewind, and do it “my way!”
By the way “his way” is much better than “our way!”
When we try to go “our way” is when we make a big ole mess of things! It halts our growth in God.
The difference between Jesus and the rest of the human race is he was tempted in every way but remained Sinless whereas you and I can’t. However, he does understand and can sympathize with our weaknesses.
Below is that scripture.
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
What God has started in us he will see it through to completion. He will NEVER tell us that we need to figure it out on our own because God is a good God and will always show us the way we must follow in his word.
We are God’s masterpiece to mold and shape into the form of his beloved Son…Jesus Christ
God is the potter, and we are his clay. He is molding and shaping us daily, until we become finished, on that one glorious day Friends. That is a promise to hold on to tightly.
But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.
Scriptures about Growth in God
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is the truth. John 17:17
So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Hebrews 13:12
For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. Hebrews 10:14
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. Philippians 1:6
For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Romans 6:2
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1
The main thing we should keep in mind is this friend…We are “Unfinished” “Broken” and “Imperfect” people.
That means we aren’t “sinless” but we should want to “sin less” and allow God to continue his work in us to completion.
May we stay on the narrow path that he desires for us so when we are standing, before our Savior and King, he will say…Welcome home my good and faithful servant.
That image brings me to tears and leaves a big ole smile on my face!