“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)
I’ve often thought the “U” of My TEA CUPP Prayers could be for other words, besides “UNDERSTAND,” as we seek to UNDERSTAND our stories in the light of God’s Word. It could be for “Once UPON a time,” as we share our testimonies with others. Or, the “U” may also be for “UNDER CONSTRUCTION,” as we learn our stories are a life-long journey towards heaven.
My Favorite Daily Devotion Book, Our Daily Bread, had a devotion called “End of Construction” by Vernon C. Grounds on April 24, 2002. I love the way Pastor Grounds weaves this devotion into God’s Word and our story:
“One day Billy and Ruth Graham were driving through a long stretch of road construction. They had numerous slowdowns, detours, and stops along the way. Finally they reached the end of all that difficulty, and smooth pavement stretched out before them. This sign caught Ruth’s attention: “End of construction. Thanks for your patience.” She commented that those words would be a fitting inscription on her tombstone someday.
As a matter of fact, those words fit all of us as believers, because in this life we are “under construction.” When we accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, we begin the lifelong process of spiritual growth. The Holy Spirit works in us to remove our selfishness (Philippians 2:4), to renew our thinking (Romans 12:2), and to develop qualities in us that are more and more Christlike (Colossians 3:5-14). Paul described this process as a work of God. He said, “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
As we travel heavenward, let’s cooperate with God’s construction of our lives. When His work in us is complete, “we shall be like Him” (1 John 3:2), perfectly conformed to our Savior’s likeness. —VCG”
Reading God’s Word each day I UNDERSTAND that I am still UNDER CONSTRUCTION until He comes to take me home. When that day comes, I pray that He will say, ‘Well done, good servant.” (Luke 19:17 NKJV)