It is often difficult for me to comprehend why God would choose to work in me. It seems like there are so many other vessels, so many more capable and talented. And yet – God is working in them too. He is actually working in and through us all. And when we listen, he guides us to a new way, a different way. He works in us to bring about peace (we are to be the peacemakers, after all). He works in us to bring about justice (God’s teachings are packed with commands to work for justice for those being treated unjustly). He works in us to spread his love (love God, love others is most important, according to Jesus). So when these things are not happening, I wonder if it is because we are not being willing vessels. I wonder if it is because we have decided to go our own way and do our own thing, ignoring the God at work in us. Could it be that things are not being done on earth as it is in heaven because we have chosen to ignore the One who created us and loves us beyond measure. Sure, we call on him when we are in need. Yes, we scream for help when there is urgency. We can find ourselves angry when things don’t go as we would want. But could it be that we miss how much God is at work in us if we simply follow the lead? What if we recognized God is at work in us – to bring about good? We may, indeed, see his love, peace, and justice begin to show up – through us.
May God be at work in us today.
13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.