He Who Began a Good Work

Several years ago, my wife and I were planning to move to Florida. We had chosen a lot and put a down payment on it. The next order of business was to get our home in New Jersey ready to sell. One of the things that needed to be done was to have the retaining walls in our driveway replaced. We hired a local mason who was doing a lot of driveway paving in our neighborhood and he began to do the work. The old wall was torn down and the new one started going up. And that’s when the trouble began. To make a very long story short, the mason walked away from the job, leaving us with a half-built wall and several deep holes in our driveway that filled with water and became a home for frogs.

When we give our lives to Christ, the Holy Spirit begins doing a work in us. Like my old retaining walls, the old person is torn down. As the Spirit works in us, the old person becomes new, becoming more and more like Christ. In Christ, we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Our minds are renewed and we begin to bear a greater resemblance to our heavenly Father as righteousness and holiness replace the sin in our lives (Ephesians 4:23-24; Colossians 3:10).

The best part about all of this is that, unlike the mason who left me with an unfinished wall, the Holy Spirit will complete the work in us. The good work that He begins in us when we give our lives to Christ will go on throughout our lives and the Spirit will not stop working until it is completed at the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6). On that day, Jesus will return to judge His enemies and to deliver His people as He establishes His reign on earth. Because of the completed work by the Holy Spirit in our lives, those of us who have given our lives to Christ can look on that day not with fear, but with rejoicing.

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