Ezra 5 (February 10)

                                      Buildings Under construction

            “…and it is not yet finished.”

           The work of God in our lives is progressive. Beginning with the “foundation of the apostles” (Ephesians 2:20) which is the acceptance of Christ and his message, all the way until we grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).

            Even then, the process of our salvation is not complete. We were saved from the penalty of sin by Justification; we are being saved from the power of sin by Sanctification and we will be saved from the presence of sin on the day of our Glorification.

            Paul explains this process much better in Philippians 1:6,

            “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” 

            We are “built” with different (spiritual) materials of construction. God uses a “cement” or bond called love to join the “bricks” of faith.  To prepare the mixture is convenient to use the “water” of the Word of God, combined with much prayer.

            But the work of God in us has not concluded.  Many “floors” are yet to be constructed. Each Christian is a work of art from God, which is made more beautiful every passing day; and it will be completed when we enter through the gates of the kingdom of glory. God is not finished with us yet.

            So do not despair when, upon a close examination of the “building” of your life, you find some imperfections or unfinished areas.  God has promised that He will complete what He started in us and that it will be glorious (Ephesians 5:27)

            Do you believe in His promise? 

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