Oftentimes, when one of my children has had a rough day or has been on a “naughty streak”, I will remind them as they go to bed that tomorrow is another day. A fresh start. A do-over. It helps them to realize that I am not going to bring the issues from today into tomorrow.
I don’t know about you, but there are many, many times in my life where I feel like I need a do-over. I mess up. A lot. And I will admit, the end of this year had me thinking, “I need a do over.” 2011 has been a little rough, to say the least. It seemed like every area of my like needed a serious reset.
And then I came across this verse:
Being confident of this very thing,
that He which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
God is not done with me yet! I am a work in progress. He’s not surprised by my failures. He knows they are going to happen. He even has a purpose in those failures…. God is doing a good work in me. And there is more to do.
Yet, I want to be perfect NOW. I want to be right ALL the time. What I want is instant sanctification. I demand more from myself sometimes than even God requires of me. He is making me holy in stages… not all at once. If instant sanctification is not His process, then why do I insist on it in my own life?
My confidence, and yours too, should be that God is doing the work in my life. Not me. It is very stressful when we are using our own efforts, our own strength to become more Christlike. And it never will bring lasting change or eternal success. It is His work, not mine, and not yours.
So I am taking this verse and claiming it this year. Every time I fail in anything, I will bring this verse to mind. It gives hope… I don’t need a re-do. I am in the middle of one! And I am going to be confident in 2012 that He will continue His work in me.