BY: MARK HAUTH
BIBLE TEXT: Philippians 2:10: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Hebrews 12:2a: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Although all three of my sons moved through the ranks of Boy Scouts and garnered all sorts of achievements and awards (two of them became Eagle Scouts!) I myself never made it past Cub Scouts, I’m embarrassed to say. But I was in long enough to experience the Pinewood Derby – you know, the race where scouts create an aerodynamic sports car (or at least an interesting-looking one) from a block of wood. I even got a trophy for Best Craftsmanship! The only problem was that I didn’t make my car…my dad did. Well, I helped a little. I might have sanded it some, but he really was the one who took it to a whole new competitive level. Maybe, in the grand scheme of things, that’s a little what it’s like with God. He takes our humble efforts and by His power and grace turns them into something for His glory. But that’s not today’s takeaway.
I looked up the original Greek word in a concordance and it’s poiema: a thing made, a work, workmanship. What’s interesting to me is that this is the same word from which we get the English noun “poem.” I think that when God saves us He begins writing a poem or a story, if you will, into our lives. Not just any story, but an epic story (think Homer’s Odyssey), since that’s who God is — epic in all He does.
From our vantage point it may not look like much, but Jesus is the sovereign Author and the Finisher of our faith. He gets to decide what kind of poiema is written and if thousands of people will read our story or only a few. Either way, it’s His work and we must keep our eyes fixed on Him. Maybe you’re at a place where you’re not satisfied with your story. Maybe there’s trouble at home. Maybe you’re not thrilled with your job or maybe you would just like to over-write your life story altogether. Remember He is still crafting it and He is not finished with you yet. He hasn’t unveiled the final glorious product. His main concern is not necessarily our comfort, but rather His likeness in us, His kindness toward others, His mercy to the person who cut you off in traffic. He’s interested in our willingness to obey Him.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Your story is not finished yet! I believe that when we get to heaven we’ll see our full story from beginning to end and we will be astounded at His wisdom, grace, and love, woven throughout it.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for working in our lives to make us more and more like You, reflecting your purpose and design. Help us to yield to Your Spirit each day so that others can read the Story You’re writing in our lives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mark lives in the Hermitage area with Wendy, his wife of 27 years. They are both quickly becoming empty-nesters. Several years ago they recorded an album titled Steadfast Heart. They have been attending Life Assembly since about 2008. Mark enjoys songwriting, composing instrumentals, playing keys, guitar, and trumpet/flugelhorn, and recording at his home studio. Check out his projects on iTunes: FlugelHymns and FlugelHymns: Christmas.