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The Good Work of God in You: Your Responsibility and God's Purpose.

As Christians, we often hear that God has a good plan for our lives. But what does that really mean for us on a daily basis? Today,we will explore several Scriptures that speak to the fact that God is at work in our lives, maturing us and using us for His purposes. We will also consider the responsibility we have to walk in God's ways, to cooperate with His work in our lives, and to trust Him through every circumstance. May this message be a source of encouragement and inspiration as we seek to live our lives fully for God's glory.


Romans 8:28-29 reminds us that "in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son". This means that God uses everything in our lives - the highs and the lows, the joys and the challenges - to shape us more and more into the likeness of Jesus. As we trust in His goodness and sovereignty, we can have confidence that He will continue to work in us throughout our lives.


In I Corinthians 1:4-9, Paul writes to the Corinthian church, thanking God for the ways in which He has enriched them in every way and strengthened them in their faith. He encourages them to continue to live in obedience to Jesus, relying on His grace and power to sustain them. This reminds us that while God is the one doing the work in us, we still have a responsibility to walk in His ways and to seek His will for our lives. We must be vigilant to resist sin and to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, trusting that he will guide us on the right path.


Philippians 1:6 states that "he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus". This is a beautiful reminder that God takes the long view of our lives. We may feel frustrated or discouraged in the midst of our struggles, but God is always at work, even when we can't see the progress being made. We must trust that He is faithful to His promises and know that He will never abandon us.


James 1:2-4 encourages us to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds, because the testing of our faith produces perseverance. And perseverance must finish its work so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.


This can be a difficult pill to swallow, as we all want to avoid suffering and difficulty. But when we adopt an eternal perspective, we can see that even our struggles are opportunities for growth and development. God uses our challenges to refine our character and to deepen our dependence on Him.


Finally, Colossians 2:6-7 exhorts us to "continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness". This is a call to diligence and intentionality. We must seek to grow in our relationship with God through prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with other believers. We must also cultivate a heart of gratitude, recognizing all the ways in which God has blessed us and using those blessings to bless others.


Conclusion:

As we consider these Scriptures, may we be encouraged to trust in God's plan for our lives. He has begun a good work in us, and He will continue to mature us and use us for His purposes. But we must also recognize our own responsibility to cooperate with His work, to walk in His ways, and to trust Him through every circumstance.


May we be people rooted and built up in Christ, overflowing with thankfulness for all that He has done and continues to do in us.

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