My church held Spring Revival this week. The theme was “God A’int Finished with Me Yet.” Each night, the praise and worship team sang “Please be Patient with Me.” The words of the chorus were “Please be patient with me, God is not through with me yet. When God gets through with me, I shall come forth as pure gold.” As Christians, we should all have peace in knowing that God isn’t through with us yet. We are works in progress (thank God!). We definitely aren’t sinless, but we should sin less.
It is common knowledge, even among secular crowds, that God isn’t finished with us yet. Tupac wrapped about it, and Steve Harvey had a comedy show tour with the same title. A powerful verse that comes to mind is Philippians 1:6 – “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
So, when we mess up and temporarily loose sight of the finish line, we should be comforted in knowing that God isn’t finished with us yet. He gives us free will, which requires that we battle against sinful desires (through prayer, fasting and studying his word). The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41). He also allows us to ask for forgiveness, and he gives us as many chances as we need to get it right and do things His way (yet another thing to be thankful for, because how many people do you know that will allow you to trample all over their heart numerous times and then accept you back with open arms? Exactly!).
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
The next time you offend someone, appologize and then say, “Please be patient with me; God isn’t finished with me yet. I’m still becoming the person HE designed me to be.”
Peace and blessings!
P.S. Two of my friends – Kim (Monday) and Charlene (Wednesday) – were gracious enough to attend revival with me. It’s a blessing to have friends with whom you can worship!