Devotional For The Month!
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every
good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ.
(Hebrews 13:20,21) (KJV)
Have you ever seen a tree grow? Well, probably not on a moment by moment basis, but you can certainly mark the growth difference from year to year. That tree, when it is just a sapling, does not spend time worrying if it will ever be more than just a sapling. Saplinghood is merely a phase in its maturity process.
A Christian goes through growth cycles as well. As Hannah Whitall Smith pointed out, God is doing the work. Our part is to trust Him to complete it.
The maturity of a Christian experience cannot be reached in a moment. It is the result of the work of Gods' Holy Spirit, who, by His energizing and transforming power, causes us to grow up into Christ in all things. And we cannot hope to reach this maturity in any other way than by yielding ourselves up utterly and willingly, to His mighty working.
The little babe may be all that a babe could be, or ought to be, and may therefore perfectly please its mother; and yet it is very far from being what that mother would wish it to be when the years of maturity shall come.
Gods' works are perfect in every stage of their growth. By an act of faith we put ourselves into the hands of the Lord, for Him to work in us all the good pleasure of His will, and then, by a continuous exercise of faith, keep ourselves there. Our part is the trusting; it is His part to accomplish the results.
Do not look at your life right now and declare, I will never be what God wants me to be. Chances are that you are on your way. He will make sure you get there if you do your part.
(1st Kings 15) (Colossians 2) (Ezekiel 45)
(Psalms 99 to 101)