He’s not done with you yet
Have you ever watched an artist paint a masterpiece? If you were to watch him from beginning to end, the painting wouldn’t come into focus until you saw the completed work. If you were to look at the painting when he was only half way through you might think to yourself, “Is this all he can do?, What in the world is that supposed to be?” But, it is not until he puts the finishing touches on that it becomes complete and a work of art.
Isn’t it comforting to know that when we don’t feel “finished” or when we don’t fully look Christlike that we can rest in the fact that God is not done with us! We are not a completed work, but He hasn’t stopped working on us. God is making us into something that will look just like Christ! This job won’t fully be done until we get to heaven, but it will be done! The amazing truth is that God is the One who started the work in us, and He is the One who will finish it in us. Paul told the church in Philippi, “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) That is a comforting thought. Even when we feel like we’ll never make, we know we’re wrong because God doesn’t fail, He doesn’t quit, He doesn’t stop short of finishing something that He started!
So when you feel like you're hopeless in this endeavor to become like Christ, remember that it’s not the work you do to become like Christ, it’s the work God is doing in you to make you like Christ! Our job is to simply Abide in Him and obey Him. We need to get as close to Him as possible. We must learn to gain the mind of Christ by placing our mind in His Scripture. When we do this we will become more and more like Him. The closer that we get to The Father the more we will look like His Son! So, pour your mind into His Word, pray continually, and, never loose sight that He is the One who started the work of making you like Christ, and He won’t stop until He’s finished!