by Nancy Taylor Tate
I am encouraged as the years go by and I see areas of my life where I am not the same person I used to be. Yet there are areas where God is still working in me. The Bible says, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17. If that is so, why do we still have areas in our lives that are less than we would desire?
We are saved by faith. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:8. When I accept Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, instantly, my sins are forgiven. Our sins are forgiven, but now we are to “grow up into Him” in all things, in every aspect of our lives (Ephesians 4:15). We are to be “as He is” in this life! (1 John 4:17)
How do we grow up into Him? We yield to the Lord, and He begins to work in our lives. First Thessalonians 2:13 speaks of the word of God working in those who believe. The Spirit of the Lord changes us, as a progressive working of the Lord takes place in us (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Now, the word of God is no longer just written in stone or on paper, but in my heart. Life flows from that word, changing me. As I am changed, I am “being” or “becoming” a witness unto Him in every circumstance and situation (Acts 1:8).
This begins to happen not just thirty-fold, or some of the time; or even sixty-fold, or most the time (Matthew 13). “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus – that I may win Christ and be found in Him” – all the time! (Philippians 3:8-9; 14)
This is a lifelong process of growth which we never outgrow! My salvation is sure – it is Christ that lives in me! Now He is working in me, changing me! Paul spoke of himself not as one who had already attained or was already made perfect, but as one who was pressing forward, believing for God’s highest and best in his life.
How important it is that we see Christ working in us as areas of our lives are being changed! Yes, there is more to do in us, but we can be thankful for all that God has done as we continue to yield to His working today. How God loves you and me! We needed a Saviour, that is why He died for us! We were less than perfect, that is why He works in us. What great love overshadows our lives!
May we focus on God’s love for us and His power to work within us as we yield to Him. Remember areas He has brought victory in your life! Let faith arise! Being confident that, “He which hath begun a good work in you (HE) will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
It is God that girds us with strength! Gives us hinds’ feet! And makes our way perfect (Psalm 18:32-33).