Have you ever walked pass a building site and seen a yellow sign “Work in progress”, most of us have. When we see the sign, we are not expecting a perfect building while the process is taking place.
Growth is a process. Having a baby is a good example. All babies grow up however it’s a process and it takes time. In light of that, lets have a look at this scripture: Ephesians 4: 15 “ But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ”.
Did you notice the phrase “may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ”. Which means that as long as we have not grown up into Him in all things, we are all work in progress. We need to grow up into Him in all things, e.g. meekness, kindness, gentleness, seeing things the way the Lord sees things, etc. the list goes on.
This is one reason why we need to be patient with each other and stop judging each other. Everyone is work in progress. The bible has this recorded for a reason “Ephesians 4: 1 - 3:, I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We have many scriptures in the bible that will help us keep our relationships. Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4: 8) , forgiving one another (Colossians 3: 13) etc. Why do we need theses scriptures? Because we are all work in progress. As this is the true state of everyone, we should not be surprised when we see some incomplete works in some areas of our lives or others.
We need to be patient with ourselves and with others. As long as we are open to learn, and determined to bring glory to the name of the Lord, it is okay to be patient with each other as we grow.
Sacrifice is a step beyond convenience. Bill Johnson