I know God rested after creation and Jesus said, “It is finished,” but God is still working. Paul states in these two verses a truth that we can bank our souls on:
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
God is not finished with us yet. On July 25, 1973, Jesus began a good work in a desperate sinner named Jeff; He will complete it. Over these years Jesus’ workmanship has been chiseled, heated in the fire, spun on the potter’s wheel and received an abundance of grace. I am not complete but I am not the same piece of clay as in the beginning…at least I am not in the same shape.
In an instant, everything was changed. Before that blessed day, I was lost, separated from Life, and dead in my sins. After that day I was a new creation in Christ, the righteousness of God, washed in the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and a work was started that will be completed. I have that on good authority, it will be accomplished.
Being a bit older helps to bring perspective to this life we live here on earth. Time has a way of providing insight and an understanding of healing; to many adjustments the Master allows, or causes, in His masterpieces. Jesus does not make junk and He will complete the work He began. Many times the process seems painful and disconnected, but the Master knows what He is doing.
The Master knows how much heat to apply. He knows how hard to hit the block of marble and how many spins it takes to mold the clay. All of these word pictures point to the same conclusion – there is a Master Craftsman and He will complete His project. Why? Because God is not finished yet. Jesus began the work and He will finish it.
As December 5th passed, I was reminded of another tool the Lord has used in this piece of clay’s life. Nineteen years ago, my world was turned upside down by events that I had no control over. My employment/ministry earth shook violently and the storms came crashing down on my foundation. Would it stand? Was God in control? Was the Master still working on this block of marble? (Notice I did not say blockhead as some might say about me.)
Like many others before me, I knew the verses shared above but they really had not been tested. Oh, there had been some mild trials and stresses, but not a direct blow of this magnitude. Would my faith stand and would my God provide and prove His Word? Yes to all questions.
God used the events of that year to spin this piece of clay out of his comfort zone. Tears, fears, and stress of the unknown pressed this masterpiece in progress into a closer relationship with my Lord. Forgiveness was learned at a deeper level. Many actions endured proved to be the foundation of a learning process so I would not do the same things to others. Change and growth came.
God had a plan and every event was carefully observed under His personal attention. Out of the fire came a wonderful church and some sharp edges sanded off its pastor. God has been good, is good, and will always be good, no matter what happens in my life. I know this and I rejoice in it.
The fire is hot and the pounding often hurts. Spinning around like wet clay in supernatural hands sometimes makes me dizzy, but I know the work will go on and it will produce what the Master desires. He promised to complete the work and He will not fail. Why do I know this? Because God is not finished with me. Or you. He is still working and He alone knows when the masterpiece is just the way He wants it.
God alone will determine when His work is complete. God alone knows exactly what He is doing with each one of us. God alone has the blueprints and final picture in mind. Therefore, God alone is the One that determines the value and effectiveness of each life. God will not fail and He does not lie. Jesus began a good work and He will complete it. Jesus is the author and finisher of the work in our lives and He will bring us to completion.
As we spin around on the potter’s wheel, or have some more rough edges chiseled off of us, or spend some time in the fire of affliction, we can look to the Master and learn to enter into rest. God does not make mistakes and He will not fail; that is not possible and this eternal truth extends all the way down to each one of His works in progress. Rejoice!