God is working in us!

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, July 02, 2019

For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13

It is fascinating to see the way home builders can transform an area filled with trees and weeds into a subdivision filled with beautiful and expensive homes. That transformation process starts with clearing the land so it can be ready for construction. Then they work on the infrastructure so they can bring in the water and sewer lines, electrical meters, gas lines, etc.

Builders wait for buyers before they start construction. They usually build a model home so buyers can see what the houses will look like. Those who agree to purchase a home have to give a deposit and enter into a contract with the builder so construction can start. The construction process goes through several inspections to ensure the structure meets specifications and is safe for people to occupy. When construction is completed, the buyer and the builder goes through closing to finalize the deal and give the buyer full occupancy of the home while the builder gets a big check from the buyer’s lending institution.

Most of us are the field that was filled with trees and weeds until Jesus came into our lives and transformed us into his royal priesthood and a holy nation. The transformation process started with accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and renouncing the ways of the world. Jesus is the architect and builder who is turning us all into a new creature. That transformation process varies in length and type for different people. However, we all need the spiritual infrastructure so we can be inhabited by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is the model home that God has given for us to see what we shall be on the day of glory. He is the cornerstone. Those who accept God’s gift of salvation must enter into a covenant with him so he can turn us into his spiritual masterpiece. That covenant is sealed by the blood of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the cornerstone of our spiritual foundation (Ephesians 2:20). The Holy Spirit is the chief inspector who ensures that we meet God’s specifications and are ready for divine occupancy.

Our construction will not be completed until we transition to glory. It is on that day that we will receive the key to our heavenly mansion and partake in the house warming celebration that will be hosted by the Triune God with Jesus as the Master of the ceremony. Then we shall be like Christ and robed in his glory throughout eternity.

In today text, the writer reminds the saints in the church at Philippi that God is working in believers to will and to act to fulfill his good purpose. God is the builder who his preparing us for good works (Ephesians 2:10). Though we are yet struggling in the flesh and are a long way from being fully transformed into the likeness of Christ, we have to be “confident of this, that he who began a good work in [us] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

So yes, some of us are still struggling with sinful habits. At times, we may not act as saintly as we should. There will be times that it is the evil we do not want to do we end up doing. Some of us need a little more time on God’s potter’s wheel so we can be transformed into a priceless vessel. Whatever the case may be, we are to rejoice in the fact that God is working in us to will and to act to fulfill his good purpose.

Let us, therefore, be patient with one another. We should never allow our anger and resentment of others, overshadow our spirit of grace and forgiveness. Though we have been redeemed by Jesus, we are still under spiritual construction. We will only attain the fullness of our perfection when we are called from labor to reward.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, help us to be receptive to the work of your Holy Spirit as you continue to prepare us for eternal glory.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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