In Progress

“Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” Phil 1:6

work in progressA sign in a hotel lobby that was being remodeled stated, “Please be patient. Renovation in progress to produce something new and wonderful.” Perhaps we all need to wear a sign like that! We are all unfinished projects under construction, being made into something wonderful. Being mindful of this, we might have a greater grace and patience for others, as well as for ourselves, while the work is underway.

Hope is the anticipation of good. Like the hotel lobby in the disarray of renovation, our hope is often in spite of our present circumstances. What is the basis for our hope? For the Christian, hope is not simple optimism or denial of reality. The reason for our hope is Jesus Christ, the solid rock of our faith. As the hymn writer wrote, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” We are never without hope for our lives if we know the Lord Jesus. 

The focus of our hope is to be like Jesus. That goal may seem too great and way beyond our ability to achieve, and it is. How do we reach that goal? 

The Scriptures tell us it is “Christ in you” that is our hope. (See Colossians 1:27) The transformation of our lives into Christlikeness is a goal that is larger than life. As paul wrote to the Corinthians, to have hope only for this life is to be miserable. (See 1 Corinthians 15:19) The Christian hope is for this life and eternity.

A little chapel inthe hills of the Scottish Highlands has a sign chiseled in Gaelic on the front door. Translated into English it says; “Come as you are, but don’t leave as you came.” When we come to Jesus we can come as we are. But He will not leave us the same. That is our sure hope.

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