Road Less Traveled

Is It OK To Be a Work in Progress?

August 16, 2017

I’m in a rut. I seem to be making nothing but mistakes. I’ve fallen down the same hole, it seems, far too much. Whatever sin it is I’m struggling with—gossip, a hot temper, unforgiveness—it seems to have a tight hold on me.


Can anyone even see God in me?


I mean, I certainly don’t think I’m representing God as I am. How can I, when I keep messing up and making mistakes? The Bible says to be a city on a hilltop, a light that cannot be hidden, but the batteries in my flashlight seem to be going out.


But what if my light wasn’t based on my works, but on God’s work in me?


Let me explain a bit. Above, I was lamenting because I keep messing up. Because I can’t seem to do the right thing. Because I am apparently not being a good representative of God’s kingdom.


But where in the gospel does it say it’s all about me and the way I act?


Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.


It says in 2 Corinthians 3:18,

“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image” (NLT).  


Notice who’s doing the changing there. The Lord—who is the Spirit. It isn’t us, and I sure am thankful for that! God is faithful. If He’s doing the changing, then we can be sure that it will be brought into perfect completion.


Earlier in 2 Corinthians 3, Paul was talking about the dangers of praising ourselves. We aren’t where we are, nor are we saved, because of what we do. We are saved only through Jesus Christ.


When we’re so focused on us doing good things and us being good people, we aren’t representing Christ at all. We’re representing ourselves.


We can represent Christ by saying, “Yes, I’m broken. Yes, I mess up. Yes, I’m a sinner. But guess what? I know a God who died for me and who lives in me. He is making me anew. Sure, I’m a work in progress, but I am in progress. And it’s all because of Jesus. Let me show you what Jesus is doing in me.”





See? When we put it that way, we’re turning the focus from what we can do to what Christ can do. We can use our brokenness as a tool in our representation. We aren’t set apart because we’re perfect all the time. We’re set apart because of our story, because we are works in progress in Jesus Christ.  






Kayla Johansen – Road Less Traveled

Kayla Johansen is an eighteen-year-old college student saved by Jesus Christ. Ever the word-lover, she spends her time reading and writing everything from fanfiction to young adult novels. When not reading or writing, you might catch her watching Netflix (she has a particular soft spot for NCIS) or playing with one of her four dogs. Her ultimate goal is to find a way to honor Jesus not only in her (eventual) career but also in all her day-to-day decisions.

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