Paul writes in Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (NASB). Excellent work requires us to keep forever in the forefront of our minds that ministry is about people, not places, programs, and projects.
God wants to do a good work in us so that His good works can be done through us. The good work of God takes place in you. You should not expect God to work for you and through you if you are resisting His sanctifying work in you.
As we are doing the work of the Lord and working for the Lord, we must remember that we ourselves are works in progress. We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2:10).
Don’t resist that work that God wants to do in you. Sanctification is a process and not an event. (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8). In sanctification, God is working to get the evil out of us and put His good in us so that eventually all that comes out of us is the good He has put in us. God doesn’t just want to work for you and through you, He wants to work in you. That’s why the Holy Spirit dwells in us and not just around us. God does not want to work around you, He wants to work in you. So God the Spirit goes where the work needs to be done. He dwells in us. And in us, God is working to sanctify us.
God puts in us what He wants to get out of us. The Spirit is in us to pour the love of God into our hearts (Romans 5:5). Why does the Spirit pour love into our hearts? Because God puts in us what He wants to get out of us. God wants righteousness to come out of us. Therefore He put His Spirit in us to fill us with the fruit of righteousness.
God wants to work through you. But He must first work in you. Otherwise when something comes out of you, it will not look like it is Him that is working through you. And if you allow God to work in you, I am “confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.”