Work in Progress
Your testimony is under construction…
Nobody likes to go through problems and struggles, but they are necessary. What hurts you and seems unbearable today will help you grow tomorrow.
That doesn’t mean that you should accept your problems, but there are things that we need to face in order to build our testimony.
For example, the church has faced many challenges to be where it is today. Bishop Macedo himself endured many things, as we have seen in the film “Nothing to Lose,” but he overcame all those battles. Many people are giving their testimonies today, but how long did it take for those victories to be achieved? How many years of perseverance did it take for that testimony to be complete?
Many people even think: “I can’t stand all that I’m going through!” or “Why doesn’t God help me to overcome this problem?”
The reality is, they don’t understand that they are a work in progress.
In the Bible verse below, we see the example of the Lord Jesus, who suffered more than anyone, but endured everything in obedience to God.
“…Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 5:7-10)
Although He is the Son of God, the Lord Jesus had to go through difficult times and learn to depend only on His Father. Consequently, He became the High Priest of those who obey Him.
When facing struggles, many people decide to open up to friends, neighbours and others who cannot help them.
So, my friend, seek for strength in God and obey Him. He also suffers when you face hardships, because He is the only One who is truly able to help you.
We are a work in progress, buildings under construction. Your testimony is under construction.
God bless you all!
Bishop Edir Macedo