Saint John the Divine, now nicknamed Saint John the Unfinished, is one of the largest churches in the world and an iconic feature in Manhattan. Construction began in 1892, but surprisingly, it has remained unfinished, prompting its nickname. For over a century, the cathedral has been plagued by financial woes, labor disputes, engineering problems, wars, and fires.
Differences of opinion between management and the workforce can slow transformation. In my spiritual journey, the issues of disagreement or discouragement bring work to a stop. Disagreement happens when I look at the plan and refuse to cooperate either because of mistrust or unmet desires. I ultimately think my plan is better. Discouragement also hits when I consider my failures or what seems to be the slow pace of change. Sometimes I want to give up and quit. But God’s response is always, “Be patient, I’m not finished yet.”
As followers of Christ, we are still under construction. It should bring a great deal of comfort knowing that although we are not yet finished, our Architect is all-wise, all-powerful, has no lack of resources, and has good plans for us. His promise is to continue the work and to complete it on the day we see him.
God’s ultimate goal is that we would be conformed to the image of his Son (Roman 8:29), that we would look like Jesus! He has given us the mind of Christ and the Spirit of Christ. So why is it that so often I do not look or act like Christ? Could it be a labor dispute on my part?
Father, thank you for your work in my life. You are good and I know in my heart that you love me and have the best plan, yet at times you know I doubt and become fearful, discouraged, or angry. I confess my failure to trust you. Thank you for being faithful to the plan and your commitment to conform me to the image of your son. Amen.
Go Deeper — Do you start your day telling God your plan or are you inviting God to give you his plan? Hold your plans and desires before God today, offering them to him with an open hand.
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