GraceLife Blog 105-Progress Through Christ

We can commit all our ways to the Lord.  It simply takes keeping him in mind.  The Lord will bless our work when we think of ways that he can be glorified through what we are doing.  If we are painting, we should paint things with Jesus in mind.  That doesn’t mean that we have to paint crosses and angels, but it does mean that we should look at the painting when it is finished and be able to say something that glorifies God.  Something like “this painting looks so great because I pray to Jesus every day.”  Or, “I was able to paint this because the Lord taught me something new that I could use.”

If we are building something in our garage, we should see the project through to the end.  An unfinished project doesn’t give glory to God.  Unused items that are sitting around the house don’t give glory to God either.  Find a use for those items or get them into the hands of someone who can use them.

With Jesus, the things we do will have a specific purpose.  What that purpose is could be unknown to us.  But we should pray to Christ to have the Holy Spirit lead us throughout the day, and then we should have faith that what we do for the day is part of God’s plan.

Our overall purpose, however, whether we are giving to others or working for pay, should always be to glorify God.  In all that we do, we should work with the peace of Jesus in our hearts—which comes from faith and thanksgiving.  We should give our credit to God for giving us the ability to perform at high levels, and we should have something to say after our projects are completed that make God look like the God that he is—full of love, mercy, and kindness.

God has blessed us with talents, and although he doesn’t want us to put our hope in those talents—our hope is found in him alone—he does want us to increase those talents.

It is true that with Christ we inherit the qualities of Christ, but the fruits of the Spirit cannot be increased without growing pains.  We cannot expect God to automatically make us perfect—outside of forgiving us for our sins.  We can’t expect him to remove all of the harmful desires, cravings and thoughts that we have without having us put an effort forth.  To be like Christ, we must commit to his ways over our own.  “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart” (Luke 6:45).

All of us want the end result—the reward—and we want it fast.  But a reward cannot come without hard work, without struggle, without working out the mistakes and learning.  Pain is part of the game, but with Christ, our pain can have a wonderful purpose.  It can be turned into a stronger peace, a higher faith, a tighter trust in Jesus, a cleaner, less disappointing life where all of our heart’s desires become pure, humble and satisfying, where we eventually meet a full life that will not leave us hurt and empty.  Keep moving forward.  Don’t give up.  “Everything is possible for him who believes” (Mark 9:23).

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