Progress Isn't Linear

“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”

Philippians 1:6

Ask almost any contractor and they will tell you its much easier building a house from the ground up than it is to attempt to remodel one that already exists, especially if what exists is older. The Bible on the other hand teaches us that what is impossible with man is possible with God. Nothing is too difficult for God. He majors you might say in rebuilding us, taking broken people and making us like new. The Bible calls this process sanctification.

I remember back when my wife and I were in the middle of a kitchen remodel that turned into a home renovation project as inside every project we started lied another project that needed attention first before we could move ahead. If you have never done a home remodel before you might get frustrated by the delays but since we have been down that road before we planned for the delays, we actually expected them and anticipated them. Delays have a way of teaching you patience whether you like it or not. One thing for sure is you learn that progress isn't linear.

Every time someone new visits our home the conversation usually includes something about our home remodeling project and every time we share about the process I become more aware of the sanctifying work of God’s Spirit in each of our lives. What seems like three steps forward and then two steps back is simply part of the process of remodeling a home can also be said about our lives. You might feel like your walk with God is three steps forward and two steps back, a work in progress. I’ll remind you of what the Lord reminds me, three steps forward and two steps back is still one step ahead. The key is never stop growing!  

What our home remodel has taught me is how things that seem to be mistakes and set backs can actually serve a far greater purpose. Most everything in our remodeling project that started off wrong, God by His grace turned it out for our good in the end. Many days when we dealt with setbacks I felt like Thomas Edison did on the night when his entire warehouse burned to the ground along with hundreds of his incomplete inventions. Though everything he had been working on for years was gone he said with a smile on his face, “tomorrow we can begin again more intelligently.”

Jesus was a carpenter by trade when He walked the earth and He still remains the master craftsman of our soul. Whatever needs rebuilding in our lives Jesus is more than capable handling the job. Don’t let life’s setbacks get you down. Memorize the promises of God remembering, “all things work together for good to them that love God and who are called according to His purpose.” You might feel like you are taking three steps forward and two steps back today so don’t forget that with Jesus, you are still one step ahead!

“For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.”

Proverbs 24:16


Michael Osthimer





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