“Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
The same work God did through Christ long ago on a cross is the work God does through Christ right now in you. Let Him do His work.
Let grace trump your arrest record; let grace silence your critics, and let grace remove your guilty conscience. See yourself for what you are—God’s personal remodeling project. Not a world to yourself but a work in His hands. No longer defined by failures but be refined by them. Trusting less in what you do and more in what Christ did. Be convinced down deep in the substrata of your soul that God is just warming up in this overture called life, that hope has its reasons and death has its due date. Just know it isn’t over until God says it is.
Grace. Let it, let Him, so seep into the crusty cracks of your life that everything softens. Then let it, let Him, bubble to the surface, like a spring in the desert, in words of kindness and deeds of generosity. God will change you, my friend. You are a trophy of His kindness, a partaker of His mission. Not perfect by any means but closer to perfection than you have ever been.
Steadily stronger, gradually better, certainly closer. This happens when grace happens. May it happen to you!
A work in His Hands,