Pastor Josh: Morning Devotion 7/29/21
Works in Progress
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. –Hebrews 13:20-21
I hate to admit it, but I’m pretty competent at leaving some jobs half-finished. At times I think I can tackle a project only to discover that it’s outside my skill set, ability, or resources to accomplish. Thank God for YouTube training videos and helpful friends! Aren’t you grateful that God is not limited like we are?
When it comes to our lives, it’s evident that we are all works in progress. None of us is the picture of perfection; no one has matured into the full stature of Christ. We have all failed in the past to accomplish God’s will as we should have, and even now, some are stuck feeling as though they will never succeed, never break the cycle of failure, or never amount to much in God’s kingdom. For those of us who experience these realities of being human, the Bible holds great news!
In summarization, the book of Hebrews is all about how Jesus is better. Better than what? Better than anyone and everything. He is better than the angels, better than the law of Moses, the better sacrifice, the better human… The list goes on. Jesus is always victorious, always sufficient, and always able. He made a way for us to God when there was no way. Where we failed, he succeeded. So, what do we need to do when we feel broken, insufficient, defeated, or incomplete? We need to “…Fix our eyes of Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith…”
Hebrews closes by communicating the awesome ability of God to “make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is pleasing in His sight.” And why is He qualified to accomplish this in us? Because He is the God of peace, risen from the dead, the Great Shepherd of His sheep, and by His blood has sealed an everlasting covenant with us. This is good news, Christian! Through Jesus Christ, by the power of God, He can work in us both the desire and ability to accomplish His will. We may be incomplete, but if we continue to press into Christ, God will continue His faithful work of sanctifying, preparing, and using us for His glory.
Be encouraged today. Though you feel as though you can’t get yourself to the right destination, God isn’t finished. He is faithful to complete the work that He has started. Turn to Him and find the hope, strength, and supernatural power to continue toward the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
By His grace,
Pastor Josh Blevins