OUT OF SORTS
MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS BAILEY-
“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant. Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
There is something that I have struggled with for years, becoming a Christian of course set me straight and gave my mind a place where I can direct it’s wandering thoughts. But before that, my thoughts wrecked havoc upon my life. I was the third and last child in my family. The firstborn was named Toni after my father, and my brother came along and he was named Charles Anthony after my father. Then I came, and my mum named me Parris after a book she read. Toni was born with the most beautiful red curly hair you could imagine and my father had his son. Whereas with a name like Parris and thin straight hair with a red birthmark on two of her fingers didn’t really boost my confidence. I am exaggerating but I think you get the point.
Despite my looks and overwhelming ineptness God had a plan for my life. The Holy Spirit is on a continual pursuit of changing the believer. Perfecting us in every good work to do His will. The word perfect means to make you ‘completely in joint”. For us that find ourselves “out of sorts” he will make us right. There has to be a complete change in the whole soul, cleansed by the power of God, redemption begins to do it’s mighty work in us on a daily basis. He gives us a inward purity to confirm to His ways. I came across these words: Perfection, Establishment, Strengthening, Settling. I pray these words bring comfort to you this day.
Spurgeon says it like this, “And do you imagine, any of you, that God will begin to sculpture out a perfect being and not complete it? Do you think that the hand of divine wisdom will sketch the Christian and not fill up the details? Hath God taken us as unhewn stones out of the quarry, and hath he begun to work upon us, and show his divine art, his marvelous wisdom and grace and will he afterwards cast us away? Shall God fail? Shall he leave his works imperfect? Point, if you can, my hearers, to a world which God has cast away unfinished. Is there one speck in his creation where God hath begun to build but was not able to complete? Hath he made a single angel deficient? Is there one creature over which it cannot be said, “This is very good?”
He makes us “fully fitted”. We will not be lacking for the tasks that lay ahead of us. He will “fully complete, be qualified, adapted and suited for the performance of his will. MORE THAN WE COULD EVER ASK OR THINK!