“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” (Phil. 1:6)

Every day on my drive to work, I pass an interstate rest area. It’s been closed for a couple of years now, undergoing renovations.

At first, the construction was evident. Buildings were torn up, roads were repaved, and other visible signs of change were all around. Now, though, it’s a little more subtle. As my daughter remarked one day, “It sure doesn’t look like it’s still under construction!” I explained that maybe the changes were going on inside the building, where we couldn’t see them.

People are like that, too. Some of us show the outward signs of a life in transition. Maybe we’re ex-addicts, or had marital problems, or struggled with some high-visibility sin. It’s easy for others to see change when our lives were so outwardly sinful.

Maybe, though, our struggles are more internal: gossip, envy, anger, bitterness. It’s a little harder to detect those things, and sometimes harder to distinguish when there is a new work in our lives cleaning them out.

No matter how much, or how little, you see going on in someone else’s life, remember one thing: He isn’t finished with ANY of us just yet. No matter where we find ourselves on life’s journey, God is (if we’ll let Him) constantly at work in our lives, fixing foundations and roofs, painting walls, and shoring up stairwells.

Because God started this work in us when we accepted His offer of forgiveness, Paul writes that He is able to bring it to a “flourishing finish” in the end. We may be plain brick and mortar now, but we’ll be beautiful architecture when He’s done!

Don’t ever let those renovations stop in your life, and don’t ever forget that they’re happening in the lives of those around you as well.