Archive for March 2014

“A Work in Progress”

March 6, 2014

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6

I am told the great artist Michelangelo began work on 42 different statues during his lifetime, but completed only 14.

Somewhere in some musty basement in Italy are Michelangelo’s 28 unfinished works.

Huge chunks of marble with only a hand, or a foot, or a leg completed.

Sometimes our Christian lives are like Michelangelo’s unfinished statues.

We have God-given potential for beauty and purpose and great things for His Kingdom in our lives but it is still locked up within us in the same way that those figures are locked in the stone.

The reason for this is that many of us want a minimal level Christianity. We try to see how little we have to do to qualify to wear the name “Christian.”

We want our Christian faith to be a part of our life instead of being our whole life; however, God is looking for people who are committed to following Him completely and wholeheartedly.

The Apostle Paul was commending just those kind of people in the verse above. Let us commit to be that kind of Christian.

It’s Hard to be Humble

March 2, 2014

“Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18

Did you hear about the guy who was awarded “Most Humble Citizen” of his community?

They took it away from him as soon as he put his plaque on the wall.

It is hard to be humble at times isn’t it?

Sometimes we think we know more, can do something better, or are a better person than someone else. And, sometimes we just might be right. However, that doesn’t give us permission or the authority to be prideful about it. Somewhere, someone knows more than we do, can do the task better, or is a better person.

Christ Himself gave us the model of humility and calls us to follow in that pattern. God has a way of bringing down the mighty – and that fall can hurt more than our pride!