Do you ever feel like you are lacking something? That is a great indication that God is still at work. Our state is an ongoing journey of spiritual growth, but our standing is complete. Colossians 2:10 says, “And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”
Yet in progressive sanctification, we are being completed. Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Hebrew 13:21 broadens our understanding of the ‘how’ He does this. It says, “Make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
When I read the word ‘working’ I think back to a potter. The dry clay has to have water worked into it to make it pliable. The water and the clay become one, fully integrated, before the vessel can be formed.
As we daily read His word, which is our spiritual water, He is at work to implant His truths into our heart. Philippians 2:13 Amplified says, “(Not in our own strength) for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you (energizing and creating in you the (power and desire), both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.”
His part is the work, and our part is the submission. His work is to impart His desire into our heart, and then empower us to carry it out. Such a mystery! The Infinite One partners with His finite children to delight His heart in carrying out His work.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 Amplified says, “Faithful is He Who is calling you (to Himself) and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it (fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you).” He created us for His glory. Intimate communion with Him is the catalyst for thriving in our journey of progressive sanctification.