Monday, February 27, 2012

MM: Complete the Work

I’m sure about this: the one who has started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of 
Jesus Christ.
>>Philippians 1:6<<

How refreshing is it to hear that God completes his work in us? For me, personally, this is a powerful verse to end the Maintenance Man Series. I have had to build a few buildings in my time of construction. Some buildings that are only a few stories high and some that are much higher. Starting out the projects is usually not too bad, there are definitely some issues along the way of the building process, but the end is always the hardest. All you want to do is get away from the project and finish it, but problems just keep coming and coming. In the construction world, we call this a punch list. This includes a list of all the items that still remain to be completed. It is the hardest and most painful part of the project, but it is absolutely essential and eventually very rewarding. I believe this is the same idea in our Christian walk. We will have to jump some hurdles along the way, but we have to remain faithful that God will help us finish the punch list, the race.

Have you ever felt the power of God working in you? Have you ever been sent on a mission from God? Have you ever been assigned a task or a job from God?

For most Christians, I think the answer to the above questions would be yes. Shortly after my wife and I dedicated our marriage to Christ, we could feel the push to go to work for him. We were asked to lead a small group at Church that would be directed to young married couples. We had never done this before, but it absolutely felt like the right thing to do. God had called us to a place we had never been before, a place we never imagined we would journey to. It was uncharted territory for us, but we followed God’s lead and ended up leading the class for two semesters!

We prayed, God directed, we performed and God finished.

I have also seen God place particular men in my life to assist and walk with. These men could be family, friends or someone from work. We honestly don’t know who God will send our way or when He will send someone our way, but we have to be ready. We have to stay in close relationship with Him and watch out for these specific ‘job placements’. An important thing to remember when God places these jobs in our life is that God is in control of the timing. He is the one who calls the shots; we just have to remember that He is faithful to complete the work. God is Faithful!

The Maintenance Man Series has been a great way to explore the work of Jesus Christ in my life and in other people’s lives. I hope you have been challenged in some ways and learned some helpful tips in other ways. I pray that all men can become a Maintenance Man for Christ in one way or another. Stay consistent. Stay challenged. Stay alert. And stay motivated in your walk with Christ!


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