An Unfinished Work (John 17)

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. (John 17:17)

Is there ever a point in time when you felt like you had all of the answers to your life’s questions and that you had “arrived” so to speak?  It seems like every year I grow older I look at myself from the year before and think “man, you were really dumb back then.”  I look at my way of thinking and my thought processes, and it seems like I should have been so much farther along than I was.  And yet, I know I’ll likely feel the same way next year when I look back on this time in my life.

We are unfinished works.

We don’t have to stress out about our inadequacies or lack of understanding because we know that God is molding and shaping us – particularly those of us who are followers of Jesus.  In fact, one of Jesus’ prayers for his followers was that God would sanctify them by the truth.  Sanctification is a big word for the process that Christians go through to become more God-like (that’s not to say that we ever become gods or that we become one with God).

In the process of being sanctified, don’t be afraid to pause and learn whatever it is that God is teaching you.  Don’t be discouraged or frustrated; simply trust that He is making you into the person He wants you to be.  And remember that those around you are in the process of being sanctified, too.  Be willing to extend the same grace to them that you wish they’d extend to you.

Father, thank You that I’m an incomplete work.  Help me to have grace with myself the way You have grace with me.  Let me be a life-long learner who is constantly seeking to know You more and to please You with my life.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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