"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." - Philippians 1:6
The above verse is the memory verse for the month at Lighthouse Baptist Church. While it is very easy to just off-handily memorize, this verse bears taking a good look at, especially as a verse of comfort. First let us note that the "work" has just begun, meaning God is not done with us. Maybe the one who wrote the sign that says "Be patient with me, God is not done with me" was on to something, possibly reading this verse.
As a side note allow me the observation that, yes, Jesus does take us as we are, but He does not leave us as we are! Good examples of this are the demoniac of Gadara, The Woman at the well, and the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda. this whole verse is itself a testimony to that fact.
Next let us note that the work is within us, it is not external. I Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19 both declare that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, a fact which seems to be lost on many who name the name of Christ today. While it is necessary to admit that our physical bodies do fall apart with age; God, through the Holy Spirit continues to work in our hearts and spirits, completing the work he has begun within us. This is possibly why older, more spiritually mature Christians can look to what is happening around them as well as to them with a "peace that passeth understanding" (see Philippians 4:7).
The conclusion here is that God does NOT ever give up on us until the day He calls us home, i.e. the day we meet Jesus (absent from the body, present with the Lord II Cor. 5:8(). The apostle John records that when that day occurs "we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is." (I John 3:2)
In His Service,