June 14th, 2018 — IGNITE

I wish I could tell you that I always act in faith. That no matter what comes my way, I stand in faith and I am never moved or waver – but that’s just not true. I wish that all the friends I’ve ever had through the years would all be able to tell you that I was totally committed and sold out for Jesus Christ everyday of my life – but that’s just not true.

Now, some of those friends could possibly tell you of times that my faith wasn’t moved in trials or temptations and that my commitment to the Gospel of my Savior was unflappable and resolute. But there are others who wouldn’t be able to do so because they saw me fall into sin and act pridefully and shamefully.

In fact, though I’m not a betting man, I’d wager to say that many of you have the same exact story. We wish we could have another opportunity at past situations because we would handle them differently.

Not necessarily the most inspiring, encouraging words, are they? But here is what I got from the Word today as I thought of my past. God’s answer to my self-disappointment is this: “I’m not done with you yet!” How can I say that? Because here’s what the Word says…
“For am I confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:11

I don’t know about you, but that’s good news to my ears. Here’s what He’s telling us: God is at work in us so therefore, I’m not finished, because God’s not finished. He started something in me and He’s going to keep molding it and shaping it and conforming it, until it looks like His Son, my Savior, Jesus. And the same is true for you!

God’s not done with you. He’s still inviting you into a deeper relationship with Him. He’s still speaking to you through His Spirit to bring you comfort, power and peace. He’s still allowing you to see the difference you can make in someone’s else’s life if you take your eyes off of yourself for a moment.

What He’s really doing is turning our focus from ourselves towards Jesus. It may be simple to say, but it’s a monumental gift of changed and transformation. When our hearts are focused on Jesus we see His servanthood… His selflessness… His love… His compassion… and we see what we’re supposed to look like.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: No matter where or when you’ve fallen through the cracks and messed up, remember this: God has a grand design, purpose and intention for you and He’s not done yet. Don’t let past failures dictate who you are today or who God’s making you to be tomorrow. He isn’t done with us yet!

Mold me… shape me… transform me today as You wish. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen