Use your imagination with me. Suppose you were there when Michelangelo had just completed the Statue of David. Naturally, you’re in complete awe. You can’t believe that someone could create something so perfect. Suddenly, someone else enters the room, a delivery boy. He looks at the statue, then looks at Michelangelo and says, “Pretty good work, sir, but I’d like to finish it for you. David needs some color. Allow me to paint his eyes blue and his hair a nice auburn brown. I’ll give him an attractive tan as well. And David needs some pants, for heaven’s sake! Lucky for you, Mike, I brought my paintbrush!”
Had you or I witnessed such a scene, we would have thought that young lad to be not only insulting, but rather foolish. After all, who is qualified to perfect a one of a kind masterpiece, especially a work of Michelangelo?
The apostle Paul witnessed a similar scene in the churches of Galatia. Many believers thought they could perfect the work that God had begun in them through works of the law. Paul wrote to them asking, “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:3)
The Bible teaches that we are new creations in Christ and that it is all God’s doing. (See 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 6:15) Scripture further assures that we are His masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10) It is foolish to think we could ever improve His work by becoming more religious, or through works of the law. God simply asks us to embrace His work through faith in Jesus Christ. And it is through relationship He continues the work, not religion.
So long as we remain close to Jesus, His Spirit works in us and through us. That’s the key to victorious Christian living: abiding in Him and allowing His Spirit to do all the work. Galatians 5:16 states, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians goes on to say, “If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” (5:18)
We cannot perfect the work that God has Began in us. It’s foolish to even try. The good news is: He who began the work will be faithful to complete it! (Philippians 1:6) Simply trust in Him. And rest in Jesus! His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I hope that takes a load off.
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Calvary Chapel of Austin Church
1601 Pecan St., Pflugerville, TX 78660