Unfinished Life: Week 3 - Day 1

Opening prayer

Lord, let me hear your voice today in all the many ways that you speak.  Draw my heart to you and reveal yourself to me that I may know you.

 

Read Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…”

 

Reflect

When I was 15 years old, I asked Jesus to come into my heart.  You might call it a dramatic conversion because I was a bit of a troubled child heading down a dark path.  My troubles didn’t come from a bad upbringing; they just came from the wickedness in my own heart.  When I chose to follow Jesus I made a 180 degree turn.  I was fired up about Jesus but probably pretty obnoxious.

 I was very impatient.  I wanted to be holy, and I wanted to be holy right now.  I read about the characters in the Bible and about different missionaries and didn’t understand why I couldn’t be as bold, as strong in my faith, as effective an evangelist or as strong a leader.

 I was unfinished and I thought I was doing something wrong.  I thought my faith was too weak.  I thought I wasn’t as committed to God as I should be.  I thought I didn’t love him enough.  I was sure it was all my fault.

 Then God showed me Moses who really didn’t begin to fulfill God’s ultimate plan for him until he was around 80 years old.  He showed me Abraham whom we don’t hear a lot about until he was an old man.  Could it be that these heroes of my faith were “in training” for a long time?

 

Apply

When God saved you, he showed that he loved you completely at your worst.  He knew you were unfinished then and that you would be unfinished until you are made perfect in heaven.  His grace saved you and his grace will mature you.  He is patient and kind.  His saving you and his maturing you is his gift to you.  It’s not yours to force and strive for.  Simply seek him.  Seek to know him.  Seek to be with him.  He wants to be found by you and he will do the work of making you who he desires you to be.

 

Closing Prayer

Lord, give us patience as we wait for you to make us mature and holy.  Reveal your working in our lives whether that be in a moment or over the course of many years.  Teach us to accept your love for us and to trust you in all things.

Terry Schneider