Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s late November already and that I haven’t posted a blog since January. I’ll have to ask your forgiveness. The last time I wrote it was about the flooring/wall/ceiling/bathrooms/kitchen project that we had started. It grew, and grew, until I’m not sure if anyone thought it would ever end. Looking back I can say that it was worth the effort and expense, and I believe that everyone who volunteered their time would agree. But I think that we’d all agree that we are glad that it’s over with…well, kind of. There’s still a few little things to finish up here and there. Filling a few nail holes, touching up the paint here and there, maybe a piece or two of trim. Isn’t that the way it is in our Christian walk?
The last time I posted a blog it was about all things have become new (go read it, it shouldn’t be hard to find). Now that most things appear to be new in our remodel project, there are still a few things that need some attention. When we give our lives to Jesus it’s not really much different. Even though we start fresh with Jesus as our savior, there may be some things that try to hang on. Little details that didn’t seem like much before, but they stick out like a sore thumb now that we have decided to serve the Lord. Little things that the Holy Spirit needs to correct as we yield to Him. Little things like the scar that is in the fruit that we produce, caused by our flesh rising up in a situation. Jesus said that by their fruit you will know them. How does the world know you?
Maybe we get caught up in some gossip. Oh, it started out innocent enough. I mean we were just going to pray for someone and suddenly we were…well…gossiping.
There are a lot of little things that need to be finished up at the end of a project. Unlike our project on the church building, the project that the Holy Spirit began in us requires that we yield to Him and totally submit our will to Him so that He can finish the work that He started in us. When will that work be finished in us? At the end of the project.
I am a work in progress and am so thankful that the Father even considers me, much less continues to guide me and correct me. He is such a good Father, but we have to remain in a place in our hearts that allows Him to do the finish work in us.