You Are God’s Good Work

Author: Emily RudolphPosted on: January 7, 2020

Glistening with sweat, we parked our bikes by the local convenience store. It was a hot, summer day, and air conditioning sounded pretty good. As recent graduates of eighth grade, my friend Allie and I were fully enjoying no homework and the freedom of summer vacation. Munching on our favorite candy, we sat down next to the magazine racks to peruse the recent editions of some teen magazines. As we flipped through the latest fashions, zit cream ads, and boy band articles, I came across a quiz. I vividly remember the first question: “If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?” Without hesitation, I thought, My hair! You see, I was born with a genetic condition that makes my hair extremely thin. I’m used to people staring, asking questions, and, at times, laughing at my hair. So, to me, that question was a no-brainer. In fact, I remember praying numerous times that God would miraculously give me long, thick hair. And I wasn’t alone. The Apostle Paul had something he wanted to change about himself too. He had a problem with his eyes. He even asked God to remove the problem—three times. But, in 2 Corinthians 12:9 the Lord answered: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Over the years, I began to realize God was using my hair for His glory. God showed His strength through what felt like my biggest weakness. Through the testimony God has given me, I have been able to grow in my faith, encourage people, and help others to know God’s good plan for them in Christ. God continues to work in my life, completing His good work in me. • Emily Rudolph • Read Philippians 1:6. If you know Jesus, what kind of work is God completing in you? • When we realize our weakness and brokenness, we realize how desperately we need Jesus. How do you think God is using your present weaknesses for His glory? I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 (CSB)

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2 Corinthians 12:8-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 1:6