CHALLENGES IN LIVING
TOGETHER AS COMMUNITY
God Isn’t Finished With Me Yet"
are his workmanship, created in Christ
Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we
should walk in them.”
Have you ever wondered why life is still tough
even when you have decided to follow Jesus and
walk in His ways? Why do you still commit the same
sins over and over? Or why aren’t all your
relationships working well? We could go on and on.
Why, then? Because you are God’s workmanship
[handiwork, craft, artwork] – you are God’s
“project” – and you are a work in progress. God
still has a lot to do in you. You are like a
special project of a great sculpture, being formed
and sculpted from a piece of rock into the
likeness and image of Jesus Christ.
That is why it sometimes hurts – imagine you being
the stone, and the sculptor is constantly chipping
here and there with his mallet and chisel. It is
not going to be an easy task and it will take a
lifetime to finish, but God is building a
beautiful masterpiece in you!
So What Can You Do To
Help Hasten God Working In You?
- Fully trust your life to the Great Sculptor.
He knows what He is doing in you even if at
times you do not understand and it is painful.
Surrender all the areas in your life that are
hard to surrender. Don’t leave any room or
crevices in your life hidden from the Great
Sculptor. Be like a clay in the potter’s
- Change in us starts from the heart and mind.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make
no provision for the flesh, to gratify its
desires. [Romans 13:14 ESV]. We are in
constant process of transformation from our
old self to the new creation in Christ. You
also need to have a supportive and caring
environment for this to work; if you are
constantly exposed to a selfish, worldly or
uncaring environment, you will end up
frustrated. So choose your friends wisely.
- You need to be patient with yourself as God
is patient with you. If you fall, stand up
again and learn from the mistakes of the past.
It is like a lifetime of moving some steps
forward, but at times we step back.We are
slowly being transformed from one degree of
glory to another – see 2 Corinthians 3:18.
- Learn Kingdom values and principles by being
soaked in the Word of God. Do not let any
other type of media form your mind, but let
God be the primary sculptor of your mind. Do
not be conformed to this world, but be
transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that by testing you may discern what is the
will of God, what is good and acceptable and
perfect. [Romans 12:2 ESV]
- Learn Kingdom character and behavior through
the Word of God. God is at work mainly
involving transforming your character from the
flesh to the Spirit, from the old to the new.
The Bible is your guide towards what God is
doing in you – transforming you to be more
loving, kind, patient, gentle, forgiving, etc.
- in other words, to be like Jesus Himself.
See Galatians 5:19-23.
- God is at work in you for a lifetime. Life
will throw odd balls at you at times; will you
respond as Jesus would? Life’s challenges are
there so Jesus can be visible in you. Will
others see Jesus in you?
now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the
clay, and you are our potter; we are all the
work of your hand. [Isaiah 64:8 ESV]
- So you also must consider yourselves dead to
sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. [Romans
- … to put off your old self, which
belongs to your former manner of life and is
corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be
renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to
put on the new self, created after the
likeness of God in true righteousness and
holiness. [Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV]
references: Jeremiah 18:2-6; 2 Corinthians
5:17; Colossians 3:1-4; and Colossians
For personal reflection or
areas in your life is God working on in you at
the moment? How patient are you with yourself?
Tom Caballes is the National
Senior Administrator and a National
Coordinator of the Lamb
God, a community of the Sword of
the Spirit with 7 branches located
throughout New Zealand. Tom also leads
Zealand, an outreach program for
high school, university, and
post-university aged people.
Tom and his wife Mhel and
their two daughters live in
Wellington, New Zealand.