The Apostle Paul was not confident about everything. But here is one thing he was totally confident about.
“I am confident of this…”
Who is “He”? This is the Lord God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Paul is writing about God.
“…that He who began…”
God has begun something. He has not finished it, but He has started it. It may not look like much now, but the work is underway. And what kind of work is it?
“…that He who began a good work…” God has begun a good work. It may not look too hot so far, but it is just a beginning. Imagine Michelangelo beginning a sculpture. It looks like a hunk of rock, but he’s hammering away, and if you were ever confident of anything you can be confident of this, it’s going to be good. Even more so with the Lord God Almighty. He has begun a good work, and it’s going to be good!
“…the He who began a good work in you…” You are the rough canvas, and the Great Artist has begun to paint. And His masterpiece is being created where? Inside you. God has begun a good work within you, in your heart and soul and mind.
The next word in Philippians 1:6 is one of the most powerful four letter words ever, especially when it is applied to God. And here is the word:
God will. That makes it a guarantee. Not God might, or He will if. Just a rock solid statement of fact. God will. It’s a certainty. You can take it to the bank.
God will…what? He “will carry it on…”
God started this good work in you. It has momentum. This convoy is rolling. The gas tanks are full and the road is clear. God’s plans are moving forward, full steam ahead.
“…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion…” God started this job, and He is no slacker. He is the Almighty and He has willed it. The work has begun, and it will not stop until it is completed.
Maybe you are only one baby step into this thing. Maybe you feel like you are hopelessly behind the curve and will never catch up. Or maybe you’ve grown to a certain level and feel like you have stalled out. Or maybe you have broken faith with God, and you feel like you don’t even deserve to go any farther.
Doesn’t matter. None of that matters. It makes no difference where you are on the path, or even if you are in the ditch. God loves you so much, and mark my words, if He began a good work in you, even if it was years ago, He will carry it on to completion! You can make it easier or you can drag your feet, but God is going to finish His good work in you, period.
He “will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” That day is coming my friend, the day when you will see Jesus Christ face to face. You will stand before Him, and look Him in the eye. This is the one who loves you. This is the one who died for your sins. This is the one who humbled Himself for you, and got spit on and punched and whipped for you. He didn’t deserve it, you did. But He loves you so much He did it anyway. This is Jesus, the Lover of your soul.
This good work that God has begun inside you, this good work that He is going to carry on to completion – He is not going to stop His good work until the day you meet Jesus face to face.
Think about it this way. What if someone offered to remodel your home? They’re going to buy all the supplies, and they’re going to do all the work. How should you treat them?
This is also how we should treat the Lord. We need to talk to Him and get to know Him. We need to express our thanks, and offer to help any way we can to make His work as easy as possible.
Oh, you don’t have to. You can walk with the Lord, or you can force Him to drag you. But either way, He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus!
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