DayBreaks for 4/4/17 – Under Construction

DayBreaks for 4/4/17: Under Construction

2 Corinthians 5:4 (NIV) – For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

I tend to think of myself as fairly patient. Oh, there are things that make me very tense and impatient such as traffic if I’m on my way to the airport and I think I may not have a lot of extra time to get parked, get through security and all the way out to my gate. I’m not very patient if I’m supposed to be at a particular place at a certain time and my wife or someone else is making me later (or at least making me think I’ll be late.)

So maybe I’m not so patient after all. Perhaps I’m quite impatient. I know that to be true when it comes to my “perfection”. I am quite tired of waiting for the sanctification process to be completed in my life. I am quite tired of struggling with the same temptations week after week, month after month, year after year, decade after decade.

Not far from where we live they’re working on the freeway to add an additional lane both north and south-bound. I do not understand why it takes so long. I don’t know the rate with which cement cures. I don’t know why lanes are still blocked off when it seems they could be open and traffic could flow more quickly and smoothly. I’m tired of the struggle of the journey.

The construction work that God is doing in my life is frustratingly slow. I do not know why He chooses to take so long in His process of curing the cement of my heart so it is useful to Him and to others. Yet He seems to be content to let it happen at the pace He dictates.

Yes, I am a work in progress – and even when I can’t see much progress – I believe it is true. I am not a finished article. One thing, though, that I cannot ever afford to forget in the frustration is that while I am a work in progress, His work is not. His work is finished. Jesus has been seated at the right hand of the Father indicating his labor is over and what he set out to do – to cleanse us of all unrighteousness, has indeed been completed.

There is nothing more that Jesus can – or needs to do – for you or me to be saved. The justification is over – it is a finished work, completed, lacking in nothing. And while I struggle with the pace of the process of sanctification, and while I may be frustrated by the apparent lack of progress – I need to remember that right now, this instant, as far as the Father is concerned, I stand before Him in the perfection that Jesus possesses and has given to me. And that is enough!

PRAYER: Father, thank You for the gift of Jesus’ righteousness that surrounds us and shields our sin from Your holy eyes. As we long to no longer struggle with sin, never let us forget the righteousness that we already have – and that the day will come when we will stand in perfection before You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.

 

DayBreaks for 08/30/12 – Finished Products In Eternity

DayBreaks for 08/30/12 – Finished Products In Eternity

(NOTE: Galen will be traveling for the next week and will have very limited access to email to respond to comments/questions.  Thanks for your understanding!)

Romans 9:19-21 – “19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?'”   21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?

Most of us have heard of or read the various scriptures that use the illustration of God being the Potter and we being the clay.  The points usually made have to do with God, who is our Creator and Maker, having the absolute right to “mold us and make us” according to his wishes.  The point is also usually made that we, as the created ones, have no right to challenge how he chooses to do this molding.

There are may possible applications to the “potter and clay” illustration but a couple I hadn’t thought of before were touched on recently in a talk I heard.

The fact that God as the creator of everything is the original artist.   He created beauty in the world around us and that is what he intends for us.  As a priceless violin that would deteriorate without being played, we would deteriorate without our Master’s hand on us.  A Stradivarius that is played by an expert forcefully and skillfully actually improves the violin’s quality and ability to make beautiful music.  We know that God uses us and shapes us quite forcefully at times for our own good and for the beauty of his purposes.  But did you ever think that God is making us more beautiful?  Anything created out of clay by an artist is more beautiful than the lump he started with, but can you imagine the beauty of all the people you see around you looking so ordinary and mundane on the outside when they are revealed as finished products in eternity?

PRAYER:  Lord, I often feel anything BUT beautiful.  I know and hate my sin!  Yet, hoping against hope, believing against my feelings, I believe You are making me beautiful, someone who can abide Your Presence and glory, and that some day, I shall be at home with You, a finished lump of clay made beautiful by Your work in me.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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