While God is the master builder, carrying out a great work within is; we have a part to play in our own spiritual "renovation."
[Steve Myers] Those home renovation shows look at a property, and one thing those individuals do is they notice the flaws. They notice what's wrong. And they zero in on those various difficulties and they begin to work on them. We talked earlier about Ephesians 2:10 Ephesians 2:10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.
American King James Version×, that we are God's workmanship. And He sees this great potential in us. But we certainly have to recognize we are flawed and we fall short. We are not the ultimate spiritual property in that regard. And as we begin to think about that, even though Ephesians 3:20 Ephesians 3:20Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
American King James Version×talked about this great, exceedingly abundantly, potential that God sees in us and can do amazing things, we have to take personal responsibility. And just like those fixer-uppers, we've gotta get to work.
We're told in Philippians 2:12 Philippians 2:12Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
American King James Version×, "Work out your own salvation." And so we take responsibility to fix up our spiritual property. In fact, another passage in Ephesians 3, a little bit farther down in verse 16, it tells us this, "That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit, in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, that you can be rooted and grounded in love." You see, that's what it's all about, that according to His glory, according to the power of His Spirit, we can get to work. And by His might, you see, we're not talking about just self-improvement. We're not talking about doing these things by our own strength, you know, getting out our own tools and accomplishing something spiritual. No, that's not what's happening here. This is not a self-improvement program in that regard.
But ultimately, we turn to the great spiritual contractor. We look to God. and by the power of His Spirit, we can be renovated. And through repentance and change, and by the power of God's Spirit, we can be a new creation in Christ. So let's get to work.
That's BT Daily. We'll see you next time.