18th November 2017

You Are A W.I.P. 

“Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?’ says the Lord. ‘Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel!’”
Jeremiah 18:3-6 (NKJV)
 

In the retail Motor Trade, many franchise dealers have a body shop to repair cars damaged in accidents. Sometimes a big repair can be started in one month and not be finished until the next one. So, for accounting purposes, at the end of each month the body shop manager will produce a WIP list for the accountant. That is a list of all the hours worked on repairs going into the following month because they are not yet finished. WIP is simply shorthand for Work In Progress.

While damaged cars may need a new wing, door, boot, bumper, bonnet, or even in rare cases a complete new body shell, skilled body shop technicians can make the car, or the repaired part, look like new. But have you ever felt discouraged because you are, or have been, spiritually, emotionally or physically damaged? Do you ever feel a failure as a Christian in your own eyes? Do you ever think to yourself, “How can God love me or care about me?” Do you fear God and His judgment in a wrong way because of what you have been taught about God in the past?

Well, here’s the good news—all of humanity falls short of God’s standards, just like you feel you do. Some realise it, some don’t, but it does not matter. Why? Because in God’s eyes you are a WORK IN PROGRESS! Only God knows where you started your Christian journey, how damaged you may have been, and only God, not you or anybody else, knows where you are on that journey. As a work in progress, God knows it may take years to lead you gently to where He wants you to be. In fact, you will still be a work in progress on the day you die. But there is even more good news! It does not depend on you and what you do, it depends on Jesus Christ and what he has already done!

So, don’t let doubt and discouragement drag you down. Trust God to know how to repair you spiritually, emotionally and sometimes physically. When you realise you are a work in progress, and in this life will never be the completely repaired, you can accept and cope with the ups and downs of life. Be a relaxed Christian, trusting God, and look forward to your resurrection, or change, when you will be completely repaired (1 John 3:2). 

Prayer
Loving Father, in good times and bad, help us to trust You completely, knowing that You are gently shaping and moulding us so Christ can live in us and through us more effectively. In Jesus name we pray.
Amen 

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association
Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM L

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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