In the Midst of the Messy

This phrase, “in the midst of the messy,” has been going through my head for about a month now.  I like it.  Because I’m somewhat of a literature geek, I like the alliteration almost more than the meaning behind the words.  Almost.

Our God loves us in the midst of the messiness of who we are.  We are flawed and imperfect, and yet He is the potter who is at work on His clay, molding and shaping us into something a little less messy than we were yesterday.

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. (Philippians 1:6 NASB)

He is the One who began the work and He is the One who is continuing to work so hard to complete the work.  He is the One who works!  Hallelujah!  All we can do is rest.  Just be the lump of clay.  Be the branch who abides in the vine.  Be the guy lying down in green pastures, resting beside still waters.

What a glorious freedom we have in Christ Jesus!  We who have turned to Him for His grace and mercy and have been adopted into His family, we who are the Israel of God (Galatians 6:16).  We have freedom to live our lives, to be loved by Him, in the midst of the messiness that is US. 😀

Brothers and sisters, we need not work hard to please Him.  He is already pleased with us (because we believed in Jesus Christ).  We need not try to change ourselves (because He is the One who is working to perfect the work He began).  And we need not attempt to clean up the messes in our lives, the ugliness that is our sinful flesh.

Don’t get me wrong, I delight in cleanliness and neatness and order (when it comes to earthly things).  But when it comes to my relationship with the Lord God, my sanctification, my right-standing with Him, I live knowing that there is no work to do in that regard.

He loves me just where I am; just as I am . . . it makes me adore Him all the more!

I love Him because He first loved me.

We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19, KJV)



July 10, 2019  2:23 AM

7 thoughts on “In the Midst of the Messy

    1. momforfreedom

      Oh, wow! I can’t thank you enough for that encouragement. After I post something, I tend to hate it, thinking my writing is complete crap. But it’s the truth of JESUS that is awesome and worth telling others about. So, truly, I thanks again; I appreciate your comment.


  1. Tom M. (palm trees)

    Thank you so much for drawing our attention to how much God loves us in spite of our failures, foibles and flaws. We have plenty of those don’t we! Threw that “alliteration” in for your pleasure. 🙂 I loved your comment, “Brothers and sisters, we need not work hard to please Him. He is already pleased with us (because we believed in Jesus Christ).” What a wonderful concept to dwell on! Please continue your writings! After reading the other replies, you are hitting home runs every time! You are in league with Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. 🙂 Lord bless and thank you!


  2. Ian

    “Then the man [Jacob] said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome (Genesis 32:28).” I have always been fascinated by the name Israel. We often forget its meaning. Just looking at the history of the nation of Israel up until today, and we see how appropriately it is named. In Christ, I am equally fascinated by how our struggle isn’t so much one of the flesh like Israel (promising obedience to God and then failing), but one of struggling to discover the depths of all that we have been given as an inheritance of our faith. The difference between the life of sin and death under the law and one of forgiveness and life under grace. Good stuff, sis!

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    1. momforfreedom

      Ian! So good to see you here, my friend. Thank you for the support; I appreciate you reading this blog and for commenting. It is so reassuring to have like-minded brothers and sisters alongside in this spiritual battle. What you wrote is so true: the main battle is letting go of the old covenant so that we can discover the depths of what we have already been given in God’s “Last Will and Testament,” the new covenant.


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