Completing something feels great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, we don’t get to feel that too often. Life is full of incomplete things and unfinished business. And, what is the most annoying thing, we aren’t finished products either. If we don’t want to always be unsatisfied at some level, we need to learn to embrace our imperfectness. Because as long as we pretend we are already perfect and complete, we are not learning and growing. Instead, we are merely existing. But when we accept that we will be works in progress until the day we die, we are open to welcome the Holy Spirit’s work in us. That’s how spiritual growth happens. And that’s how we are on our way to becoming graciously imperfect.
I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return]. (Phil. 1:6, AMP,*)
We are God’s works in progress. In God’s hands is a good place to be. A safe, fruitful place. Because God will continue to work in us. He will perfect and complete the work in us by the day of Christ. Not today. But by the day of Christ. How freeing this is. It is okay to be imperfect. God loves us anyway. And he will continue to work in us and the work in us will be perfect and complete on the day when Jesus returns. So no worries.
We don’t have to stress about our spiritual growth. We are just willing partners, it really is the work of the Holy Spirit, not ours. All we can do is to cling to Jesus, get to know him deeper and deeper. And then the transformation we are after will just happen. Not by our own effort but by God’s grace. So let’s be gracious to each other. Let’s live in forgiveness, not expecting perfection neither from ourselves or our loved ones. That’s how we are graciously imperfect.
Thanks for reminding us that it is okay to be a work in progress,
spiritual growth is a life-long process.
We praise you for being the author and finisher of our faith.
Thank you for finishing and completing the job by the day Jesus returns.
We surrender to you and abide in you gladly.
Thank you for teaching us how to be graciously imperfect.
Nothing better than living in your grace.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Q4U: Are you okay with your imperfectness? Are you graciously imperfect?
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Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace your imperfectness and learn to be graciously imperfect!
*[As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].
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