bits from bob....

Under Construction

by Robert J. Young
©, 2002, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

A favorite song of many children and youth has words something like these, "He's still working on me, to make me what I ought to be, it took him just a week to make the moon and the stars, the earth and the sun and Jupiter and Mars, how patient and loving he must be, 'cause he's still working on me."

The story is told that on one occasion after Billy Graham and his wife has completed driving through an especially tedious road construction zone, a sign came into view, "End of construction. Thanks for your patience." Ruth Graham observed that these would be fitting words for her tombstone.

All of us are "under construction." God's still at work in our lives. I think sometimes, I must be an especially hard case, because it seems to be taking so long for God's construction project. Yet I know that spiritual growth is essential--transformation into the likeness of Jesus through his Spirit(2 Cor. 3:17-18), not conforming to the world about me but being transformed by God's power (Rom. 12:1-2). The mind of Christ is not automatic (Phil. 2:5). It is no easy thing to remake a human being, and Scripture always declares this remaking as a process. God has begun a good work and will complete it (Phil. 1:6).

When he appears, we shall be like him, and we shall see him as he is (1 John 3:1-3). If our vision is dark and impaired now (1 Cor. 13:10-12), one day we shall see his work completed in us. Let us not lose sight of the goal, even when we are "under construction."

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