No matter how inept we feel, God is working in us

Posted 3/9/18

You got up this morning and, if you are like most Americans, you set about working. Your work may be behind a desk or in front of a child's high chair, but whatever it is, you've put forth an effort, and this day will be remembered - in large part - …

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No matter how inept we feel, God is working in us

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You got up this morning and, if you are like most Americans, you set about working. Your work may be behind a desk or in front of a child's high chair, but whatever it is, you've put forth an effort, and this day will be remembered - in large part - by the work you've completed.

You may hate your job or love it or fall somewhere in between those two emotions depending on the day. You may have a great boss or a terrible boss. You may be your own boss. You may be underpaid, and you may work harder than everyone else. Maybe you wear jeans on casual Fridays.

Maybe you've worked at one company for 25 years or 25 companies for a year each. Your resum is short, average or is made up of multiple pages. We all work, hopefully at something we love doing.

When we dig into Scripture we find that God has a lot to say about work. It's not specifically tailored to our individual business needs - it won't tell you which accounting software to use - but it gives us principles and guidelines that should inform how we approach work.

Like in Colossians 3:23 where it says we should work as if "working for the Lord, not human masters." We are supposed to have integrity in our work: "In everything set them an example by doing what is good." (Titus 2:7a, NIV). Even in our work, we pray for God's blessings: "May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us." (Psalm 90:17, NIV). There are many references to work in God's Word.

God gives us commands on how we are to work, but He also gives us an example.

"I am certain that God who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished." (Philippians 1:6, KJV)

It's an awkward thought to me to think that God's job is working within me. The idea makes me feel wholly unworthy of such favor, but there it is in God's precious word: He is working in me. No matter the frustrations, the constant mistakes, the terrific ineptness at any number of skills - he is still working in me.

He is going to keep working in me until the work is finished. If I am to believe this verse, then I must believe that I am not useless, that I won't draw one breath that isn't without a purpose. If Scripture was written for every person, then I must also extend grace to those with whom He isn't finished. He is working in them as well.

This good work God is building in us is a process, so it begs the question: If you don't sense this good work in you, then who has quit? God has promised that He is with us until the job is done. The question is will we stay with God until then?

My prayer for you, dear believer, is that you roll up your sleeves and foster this good work God has begun in you.

Email Jamie H. Wilson at faithmatterssumter@gmail.com.