“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6 (ESV)
I don’t know about you, but when I got saved I thought it would be a magical cure all. Once I was saved, praying, and reading my Bible, everything would be good. But no one taught me about the “after”. They taught me how to pray and read my Bible, how to be kind and compassionate to others, and all the good that would happen afterwards. It took awhile for me to realize what the “after” is really like.
In the last article we discussed how our identity changes when we get saved. It can be easy to think that because our identity has changed, our lifestyle and bad habits will change too. This isn’t exactly true. Once we are saved, we are secure in our identity of being a child of God but we will still have daily struggles. The anxiety, the hardships, and the temptation to sin is still there. We will always have that struggle while we live on this earth as free creatures. But in the verse I quoted above, we are promised that the day will come when all of this is taken away. There will come the day when we are made whole and perfect in front of Jesus.
Until that time comes we are being worked on, molded, mended, and sculpted to be more like Jesus by the Holy Spirit. This is where we see God’s grace, His power to help us overcome the hardships, and His love ever-abounding. A good way to explain this is to use the word ‘buffering’. Nearly half of the TV shows I watch on Netflix and Hulu have to buffer at some point. They just can’t stream right without that buffering and time of adjustment. I hate the buffering. It seems like it takes 10 hours and normally has to be done more than once. Once it gets done buffering the picture and sound is more clear for my viewing pleasure. Doesn’t that kind of sound like what we go through here on earth? The hardships come and go as we “buffer” our way to becoming more Christ-like.
I have been saved for nearly 14 years. 7 of them have been a conscious decision to go through the buffering. It hasn’t been easy but it has been so incredibly worth it. Every time I give something over to God, He blesses me a thousand times over with even more than I could ever need. This is the beauty of the Christian walk with God – if you are willing to give God your all, He will be faithful to supply your every need and take care of you forever. It will not be easy, and sacrifice is a real thing. We will have to give up things that we want and love, but He will bless you forever. It is incredible to think that God loves us enough to see us in our sin and give us so much grace. If we are willing to recognize our sin, give it over to God and be willing to let Him work in us, He WILL be faithful to us.
Live It Out
Where are you in need of buffering in your life? Evaluate where you are at in your life, bring it to God, and be willing to let Him work in you!