Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).
Possibly, you may remember the following lyrics of a children’s song that was heard in thousands of churches years ago:
He’s still working on me, to make me what I need to be. It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars,
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars.
How loving and patient He must be,
‘Cause he’s still working on me.
Although this is a children’s song, we adults can benefit from its message. This is so true when we look at learning to be a Christian. You see, we do not wake up one morning with a red cape with a yellow “SC” emblazoned across it like Superman wore in the comic books. We are not Super Christian from day one. Why? Simply because living for God is a process- a process that lasts a lifetime.
There is no doubt that when we repent of our sins and surrender our lives to the Lord, we are forgiven and saved right then. However, living out the Christian life is another matter. We have habits, hangups and hurts that have to be dealt with. Thank God we are not alone as we begin to mature in our walk with the Lord.
If you have sincerely given your life to God, don’t get discouraged every time you fail or feel that you are struggling. Remember, God loves you- that is why Jesus went to the cross in the first place. We are all works in progress. God started the work; God will finish it.
Maybe it would be a good thing for us to remember a few childlike words. Those words are, “He’s still working on me.”
Dave Snyder is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God – Cleveland, Tennessee. Before entering the ministry on a full-time basis, he was a school teacher. He also coached middle school basketball for eight years.
Dave and his wife, Sara, have two children — Craig and Karen. They also have one ten year old granddaughter — Breanna.
Dave and Sara pastored in West Virginia for thirty-six years. Sara is now retired from the banking industry, and Dave is retired from pastoring. However, Dave currently serves as prison Chaplain for the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Writing essays, articles, and devotionals is a real passion for Dave. He also enjoys playing musical instruments and singing.