Faithful [is] he that calleth you, who also will do [it].– He which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ.– Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?– The LORD will perfect [that which] concerneth me.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure.
Phil 1: 6.– Ga 3: 3.– Ps 138: 8. Phil 2: 13
The above scriptures really show how we do not have to fret about how we are ever going to be changed into the person we should be, in other words, into the image of Jesus Christ. It is God’s will that we be changed, and the good news is that it is also His responsibility to make it happen – meaning complete the transformation.
This doesn’t take us off the hook for obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit, nor His written Word. We are called to listen and obey. However, the metamorphosis from what we were to what we will become is, in the end, all His doing.
By obeying Him to the best of our efforts, we stay open to Him and the work of the Holy Spirit. We give Him easy access to our spirit and soul to make whatever changes He requires. However, when we are rebellious and selfish, it is like we close the door to Him, and even put up barricades, making it harder for Him to do His work.
So if you are freaking out about how you will ever become a stable, righteous person that pleases God, don’t bother. Your only part in this process is to listen and obey and leave the heavy lifting to God. It is His Spirit in us doing the hard labor by speaking God’s truth to our spirit and soul and empowering us with the option to do the right thing – an option that unregenerated people don’t have.
Praise God that your future doesn’t depend so much on you as it does on God to perfect you!