The older I get, the more I look around (and within) and see brokenness. Loose threads. Missing parts. Bent and twisted pieces.
Whether it’s a twisted spine, or nagging depression, or deep emotional wounds, we live within a world of brokenness – one that resembles those post-tornado photos. How does all this get fixed?
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 1:6
God creates entire planets. Stars. Galaxies. A universe filled with clusters of galaxies. He upholds them all. And can He not bring His redemptive work to completion in you, and in me, and in our churches?
There are deep-rooted sins that are very slow to yield, and some wounds seem to barely heal before they once again ooze forth. Salvation comes to us in an instant, but works out in us over the long haul.
A master builder can look at a storm-destroyed home, develop a re-building plan, haul off the debris, re-set the foundation, and create something even better. Will Jesus Christ, through whom all the worlds were brought into being, do any less with us?
Yes, let us look with realistic eyes at the wreckage – but shall we not now look 5 times more often at the master plan, and 10 times more often than that at the Master builder?
I am, right now, woefully incomplete; and will be until the day I die. Yet, the promise is that I WILL be complete. Not because of me, but because of Him who has gone before us, overcoming even death.
God is not a God of unfinished business!