Do you ever feel like quitting?
Years ago, my little engine of spiritual energy ran out of steam. I just drifted for a while until one day I discovered this verse.
I’m confident of this: God finishes what He starts. He started a good work in you. He won’t give up on you. He will finish the beautiful work He started so you will be everything He imagined when Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6 The Easy Bible
It electrified me. I found something greater than my mistakes, my sin, my apathy, my fatigue—something greater than me. An amazing thing happened. The less I worried about how spiritual I was, and the more I concentrated on what a fantastic job God is doing with me, the easier everything got to be.
If spiritual growth were just a matter of spiritual disciplines, then the go-get-’em types would leave all the rest of us in the dust. But spiritual growth is not just a matter of setting goals and observing disciplines. We are in the hands of God.
Yeah, yeah, we gotta be willing, but it really isn’t about us, folks. It’s about Him. It’s all about what a great Father God is. Am I lazy or proud or stubborn or rebellious? If I am, these things are secondary to something that is far more important: God is at work in me.
And God is at work in you.
Remember, you were designed to make a difference!
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