God’s Still Working on Me

 

This weekend I had the wonderful privilege of going on a Ladies “unfinished” craft retreat. I took Tyler Ann with me, and we took along three scrapbooks that needed to be cleaned up, reworked, and completed of the kids baby pictures. I was a little nervous going on this retreat, because I really did not know any of the other women who were attending. But a new acquaintance had put this whole retreat in motion, and I knew it was time for me to stretch myself and maybe met other women in my own community. So not sure what was in store, but hopeful that God would bless me and those we met, Tyler and I headed out. OK, to be honest it didn’t quit go that smoothly to get started. Two days before the retreat our second van broke down. So, now if we still wanted to go on this retreat we needed a ride. Now remember, I said we really didn’t know anyone else going on the retreat. But, I sent out a message and let it be known we needed a ride. One of the other ladies going, quickly replied and we made plans to hitch a ride with her. So Friday afternoon we are off. The ride there was delightful and we got to know two of the other ladies attending the retreat. We arrived at the campgrounds and were welcomed by wonderfully decorated and friendly tables all set up for our crafting use. The week end was underway. It was filled with fun, fellowship, new friendships, finishing projects, worship, and wonderful teaching from God’s Word.

The ladies who planned and prepared the retreat did a wonderful job, and created a wonderful atmosphere to work and worship in. Tabitha, the acquaintance I meantined above, now special friend, shared each day from God’s Word and her personal testimony of God’s Work in her life. She reminded us that God wants empty, broken, unfinished vessels to pour Himself into and use for His glory. As she shared each day, and as we worked on our unfinished projects I kept thinking of a verse the girls and I had read that week during our Bible study at home. Colossians 3:10

 

…and have put on the new self who is being, renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him…”

 

This verse is in the middle of a long sentence/paragraph in the middle of a wordy letter Paul is writing to the people of Colossians. In this section of his letter, he is specifically telling the people that if they are truly a follower of Messiah than they are new creations in Messiah. Growing up in the church, I had heard this phrase , “new creation in Christ,” many times. I have always loved the picture it creates in my mind of being made new inside and out. But for some reason this week, as I read Colossians chapter three this verse, ten, stood out to me. Looking at the whole chapter for a minute, you will notice that it is a outline of how to live out our life for Messiah.

 

 

Colossians 3

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— 11 a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and [k]patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”

 

In the past, as I have read these verses, I saw it as a list of dos and don’ts to be a good Christian. I like lists, I like knowing what is expected. So, I didn’t see it as a bad things, just more of a formula. But, this week verse ten jumped of the page to me. It says, “being renew.” Being made new. As a kid, I always thought that when I asked Yeshua to be the Lord of my life, I was instantly made new in Him. So many times as a child and teen, I wondered if I really was a Christian when I would continue to make wrong choices, and especially when I would struggle over and over with the same sin. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that God does the work in us to change us into the beautiful “new” creation that he originally intended us to be.

One of the verse for the retreat this week was Philippians 1:6

 

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Yeshua.”

 

It is a great reminder that I do not need to find the formula to be made “new.” NO, instead I can trust that God will continue to mold and make me into that which he always planned for me to be. The process may not always be enjoyable as he sands, or cuts, and bends, and molds away that which doesn’t belong. But I can trust that He will complete that which He has started. As I think about these things a song from my childhood comes to mind. It was one of my favorite to sing because it had motions, but today as I think about the words of it, I am in awe of God’s great love for me. As you read the simple words to the song, I hope you are ever grateful that God is continuously at work in you.
He’s Still Working on Me

 

Chorus:
He’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me

Repeat Chorus

There really ought to be a sign upon my heart
Don’t judge him yet, there’s an unfinished part
But I’ll be better just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master’s loving hands

Repeat Chorus

In the mirror of His word
Reflections that I see
Makes me wonder why He never gave up on me
But He loves me as I am and helps me when I pray
Remember He’s the potter; I’m the clay

Repeat Chorus (x2)

 

 

 

 

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2 responses to “God’s Still Working on Me”

  1. t Cox Avatar

    Love your thoughts and reflection from the weekend! So glad you were able to come!

  2. trsims Avatar
    trsims

    Sounds like it was a great weekend for you and Tyler.

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