Which of you wouldn’t be attracted to that type of movement? But the reality is that we can’t do it on our own. We’ll mess it up. We need to turn to the Holy Spirit to give us the strength, courage and insight to accomplish the work of God and stay the course.
We are a Holy Spirit-filled people who need to grab hold of the bold mission set before us…and persevere. A lot of us won’t end up in jail, or bloodied and bruised from battle. What we battle is our own pride, fear, apathy, worry, and doubt. It’s time to get in the game…and keep on playing.
Paul understood that, as humans, it is so difficult to continue to do right and receive no word of thanks or tangible results. That’s why he wrote this encouraging verse in Galatians 6:9 to the churches in Southern Galatia:
Galatians 6:9 (New Living Translation)
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
One thing about which we can be sure is that, when God starts a project, He completes it. Do you ever get frustrated at times, thinking that you are not making progress with your faith journey, or wondering, “What’s the point?”
Paul was such an encourager to the churches in the New Testament. His words of encouragement apply (or perhaps, especially!) today.
Philippians 1:6 (New Living Translation)
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Sandra D. Bricker is a best-selling and award-winning author of laugh-out-loud romantic comedy for the Christian market. Her most recent book, Always the Designer Never the Bride is the third of a series of four novels in the Another Emma Rae Creation series from Abingdon Press Fiction. Check out her BLOG and sign up to receive her weekly posts by e-mail.