Thursday, October 5th, 2017
Name Tags: You are... (Part 97)
Works In Progress
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me.
Psalm 138:8 (NASB)
Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Luke 2:52 (NIV)
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 (NASB)
Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on...
Philippians 3:12 (NASB)
As a young Child, Jesus grew in wisdom. As a Preacher, He became perfected and learned obedience through suffering.* While sinless, He was a work in progress.
Therein, we as saints must justly conclude... we are no more than works in progress, too.
We mustn't brag on our accomplishments: 'We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty' (Luke 17:10).
Paul, with a distinguished education, a Pharisee and Roman citizen, a rising, multi-lingual Jewish star, counted his achievements as rubbish.**
But on the other hand (the damning one), let's not condemn ourselves and get depressed. 'Do not fret--it only causes harm' (Psalm 37:8, NKJV). God forgives and restores all contrite hearts.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Worldly success is never enough. Hopelessness is never justified. Pin on the name tag, WORK IN PROGRESS. By it, the haughty will be humbled and the humble will be exalted.
To Be Continued...
* 'For it was fitting for Him, for Whom are all things and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings' (Hebrews 2:10, NKJV).
* 'Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered' (Hebrews 5:8, NKJV).
* Short article: What does it mean to say, Jesus was 'made perfect?' http://www.samstorms.com/enjoying-god-blog/post/what-does-it-mean-to-say-jesus-was-made-perfect
** 'I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ' (Philippians 3:8-9, NASB).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.