I recently toured a beautiful church while visiting Steamboat, CO. The congregation was kind enough to open the magnificent structure for visitors to tour. The entrance was grand, the facade made entirely from rock, the floor marble, and the windows stained glass. The stained glass depicted the days of creation, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Jesus last days, and many other biblical events. This church was pristine at first glance.
As I wondered around further, I noticed some inconsistencies. Behind beautiful wooden doors, lay a beautiful prayer room. Yet, on the hand carved desk laid a stack of papers in disarray, an old paper cup, and wadded up kleenex. I gazed at the entryway of the sanctuary to notice a bookshelf with books tilted on their sides facing every which direction and more stacks of randomly piled papers. I opened the door in the basement to find a very large unfinished space. Just cement floors and beams.
As I reflected on my findings I thought, what a perfect example of our lives as Christ followers. So often we look “perfected” and “finished” on the outside, but as we delve further we see disarray and incompletion. The “messes” and “works in progress” areas are revealed to us. The aspects of our lives that we need to grow in are laid out before us, as we seek to exhibit the fruits of the spirit and grow in our Christ-likeness. May we never think we have arrived in this life. May we always be self reflective and ask the Holy Spirit to point out the areas where we need to change and develop. May we seek to be more like Jesus Christ until our last breath.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18a