August 21, 2008
He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
--1 Thessalonians 5:24
Maybe someone has let you down recently. Or maybe you’ve let yourself down. Take heart! God is faithful. He will do what He says He will do.
And not only is God faithful and reliable, but He is committed to your spiritual growth and maturity. First Thessalonians 5:23-24 says, “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”
I love that! Because it promises you and me that God is constantly working on us… creatively, constructively, and continually. The Spirit of God is working in your body and in your soul. And His purpose is to make you more like Him!
Remember when you were a teenager and you couldn’t wait to grow up? That’s how we feel sometimes as Christians. When will we ever grow up? When will we ever be responsible in the Christian life? When will we ever be obedient in the Christian life? It’s so easy to become frustrated with ourselves!
But we need to remember that God is patient… and that God is persevering. And according to Philippians 1:6, “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
And when God gets through with you, you’re going to stand complete, perfect in the glory of Jesus Christ. You shall arise in His likeness. You will be like Jesus. That’s God’s goal in your life and mine… and He will be faithful to perform it!
ARE YOU TRYING TO STAND ON YOUR OWN TODAY? OR ARE YOU DEPENDING ON GOD?