This year we're memorizing one promise from scripture a week. If you want to follow along with our verse cards you can find them HERE. We're also placing importance upon context and studying each verse as we go. We want to honor the original language, meaning, etc as we read so that we can accurately learn and avoid placing our own opinions upon God's words. I'm so happy you're here!
AND I AM SURE OF THIS, THAT HE WHO BEGAN A GOOD WORK IN YOU WILL BRING IT TO COMPLETION AT THE DAY OF JESUS CHRIST · PHILIPPIANS 1:6
Paul starts out his letter to the church in Philippi expressing that he prays thanks to God for them often, sharing his gratitude for their ‘partnership in the Gospel’. Just after he shares these words of thankfulness, he writes of his confidence in God’s faithfulness to sanctify.
Paul is sure. He has seen God transform him from a murderer of Christians, to one who brings the Good News about Jesus in gentle and earnest love. If anyone has seen a depth of God’s ability to make people new, it’s Paul! We can take heart in this assurance. We can have such full confidence in God’s faithfulness to grow us, change us, and make us into people who look more like Him.
He who began it will finish it. Paul reminds these Christians that the growth in them began with God’s hand and ends with Him just the same. And it’s true for you and me today! We didn’t become followers of Christ on our own strength – the power of God most definitely worked in and around us to bring us into His family. And yet, we do play a role in our sanctification – in our journey to become more like Jesus.
We open our hearts to God and ask Him to work, and he A L W A Y S does. The pace, the areas, and the timing in which the growth occurs are up to Him, not us. But again, we’ve got to open our clenched fists, lay down our desires, and re-submit our lives to the Lord on a daily basis. We’ve got to make room in these hearts of ours that all too often become cluttered with the cares of the world. The rest? It’s up to Him.
It isn’t finished until the day of Christ’s return. We are not yet completed. We are not yet fully whole. We are not finished until His work is finished. There’s more for God to do in this world – most specifically, there are many He still wants to bring into relationship with Him! We hasten the return of Jesus when we remember that and seek opportunities to share it. And there’s more for God to do in our hearts until Christ comes. Until then? We recall this verse to mind and take heart that He is working.
Whatever you’re wishing was true of your heart, your life, and your relationship with God – know this: He is with you and working in you as you abide and ask.
Abide in time with Him and you will see Him move. Ask Him to change your heart and you will see His transforming power. The specifics of how/when – we can rest in that the promised results are good, and they are up to Him.
Abiding and asking with you this week, friends.