And all of us…are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another….
—2 Corinthians 3:18
When God finished all of His creation, including man, He looked at it and said, “It is good!” God intends to work in and through you, so relax and believe that God approves of you!
-Say out loud, “I am God’s beloved child. He approves of me and will finish the good work He started!”
Philippians 1:6 says “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”. Sometimes, we try so desperately to change on our own. We feel that we should be at a certain level in our faith. Sometimes we experience success in our efforts to change and other times, we fail. It is important to understand that failure does not mean there is no progress but rather a reminder that we are in the middle of the process of changing.
When we give our lives to God, He begins His work in us. Often times we feel that God has forgotten about us or that we have stopped growing spiritually. However, spiritual growth, like physical growth happens slowly over time. As the scripture reminds us, God will bring everything he has started in us to a completion. He is preparing us for the day we meet. Failure is a reminder that God is at work. Do not discredit the failures in your life, see them as God reminding you that He is at work and has not forgotten you.
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?”2 Corinthians 2:14-16 KJV
We spread the aroma of Christ in two ways. Through our words and our actions. We are rereading the aroma of Christ to those who are being saved and those not yet saved. The more we follow Christ, we become permeated with His aroma and carry it everywhere we go. (Daily Bread Devotion, April 19,2016) – Sheridan Voysey