You know, I thought that once I got saved a magic wand would be waved, and everything in my life would fall into place. I would transform overnight to this devoted Christian that helps other new Christians with their faith. The problem was––and is–– that I still mess up. All that bad stuff in my life didn’t disappear once I was saved. I still had bad habits that needed attention, and there was more than enough stumbling along the way. But once I became a writer, I think God’s plan for Christians became much clearer.
Writer’s use the term Work In Progress or WIP to describe the book we’re working on. We have the rough, rough draft, which is just getting the words on paper. Then we edit and add more details and clean up the rough, rough draft to make it into a rough draft. After this, we’re ready to have other people look at our work and give their opinions and ideas to help the story become even better. This process continues until the manuscript is as good as it possibly can be, and then some either go the traditional route while others independently publish, but the story is still a Work In Progress until it is released into the world as a published book.
I think this is the same process God uses on us. When we were created, but before we were saved, we’re a rough, rough draft. There are all sorts of things wrong with our mind and soul. We’re just a shell, but then we discover salvation. Then the true work begins. God starts shaping our rough, rough draft into a Christian. He edits our mind and personalities, and begins cleaning up our life. He scrapes the grime off of us.
Then, God sends others into our lives. Think of them as critique partners. They can come into our lives as friends, pastors, small group leaders, co-workers, or an angel in disguise. They look us over, and help us move from rough draft to a better Christian. They help us see the parts of us that still need cleaning up.
Each time we go through an edit, we come out better and closer to God’s original design for us.
Just like a story is a Work In Progress until publication, we as Christians are a Work In Progress until we reach heaven. It’s nice to know that God isn’t finished with me yet.
Isaiah 64:8 Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter; and we all are the work of Your hand.