Work in Progress

Pastor Tom Townsend Shares

Five years ago, we moved into our home in Battle Creek. Ever since then, we have been in the process of a remodel.

It started with painting all the rooms. Then, we moved to the kitchen – adding new countertops, back splash, and cabinets. Our next project was the lower level (basement), adding interior walls, carpet, a kitchen area, a work shop, and a workout room. And, now, we are adding a bathroom.

We also are working to enlarge our deck and build a play house for our Grandboys. It seems like it is a never-ending project list that keeps getting longer and keeps us busy.

I wish I could tell you that I was diligent about keeping after these projects. But, the truth is that with the ebb and flow of life, I get busy for a while and then something else grabs my attention and I put the remodel aside for a while. That is just the way it is.

I think that our Christian lives are a lot like my work projects at home. We get excited about a spiritual project – reading our Bible, praying, telling others about Jesus, serving in some way – and we do pretty well for a while, until something else distracts us or demands our attention.

The truth is, that spiritually, we are always under Construction. In Philippians 1:6, the apostle, Paul, tells us: “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

God’s work – Challenging us, Changing Us, and Conforming us to the Character of Christ – is just beginning and will not end until He takes us home to heaven. That process is called Progressive Sanctification.

I am so thankful for a patient wife who puts up with my procrastination. She has not nagged me nor chided me nor done anything that would cause me to feel discouraged.

I am also so thankful for a God who is patient with us as we continue our spiritual journey. You see, God wants us to “remodel” our lives to look more and more like His Son.

How are you doing? Are you being Challenged and Changed as you Conform to the Character of Christ? As believers, we are “Works in Progress” until we get to Glory. Don’t let life get in the way of working each day to become a little more like Jesus.

Pressing On,

Pastor Tom – Phil 3:14