He began the good work- and He will complete it

Baby books, photo albums, crocheted baby blankets, re-organized closets, fitness plans, weight loss goals, and an untold number of nonfiction and inspirational books. What do these all have in common? They are all projects I have started at one point, but never brought to completion. In scripture we see how very different God is. The works He begins He is always faithful to finish.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Being confident of this- When Paul wrote these words to the young church at Philippi, he wanted them to be assured that He would keep working in their lives and through their church, despite many challenges. Like these believers, we face many challenges that tempt us to lose faith that God is working. Days when God seems distant or days when He seems silent can all cause us to lose faith that He is working. He calls us here to be confident that He is.

He who began a good work- God is good- and what He produces is good. A child once proclaimed, “God made me- and God don’t make no junk!” When He begins a work, even if we do not know what its end result will be, we can be sure it will be good. Good for His glory and good for His children.

Will carry it on to completion- The King James Version here reads God will “perform” it, and the New American Standard Bible reads He will “perfect” it. God is working in us a work He not only is willing to finish, but He is able to finish. He can and He will bring all his “projects” to their ordained perfection. In a sense they are a performance for him- showing the watching world His grace and love and power. He gets the glory!

Until the day of Christ Jesus- This working He is doing in us will not be done tomorrow. It will not be done next year. It is clear here that it will not be done until Jesus returns or calls us heavenward. He will still be working in us until then. We have been ordained to become like Christ, but that doesn’t happen until we are in His presence.

1 John 3:2 We know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

Michael W. Smith’s song Waymaker has these strong words:

               Even when I don’t see it, You’re working

               Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working

               You never stop, You never stop working.

We can rest assured that God is working- for our good and for His glory. He is working in our lives, in the lives of our children, in the lives of all those around us.

Philippians 2:13 For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.

You can read your name into this verse- and the name of each of your family members.

It is God who works in ___________________________ to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.

Do you believe that? Can you “be confident in that”? He will complete each work He begins.

Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him.

I love to crochet- and when time allows me to pick up an unfinished project and actually finish it, it brings be great joy. Watching the colors and design come together for their intended purpose (usually a new baby of a dear friend) makes me very happy.

God holds all eternity in His hands, and time is never an issue for Him. I have to believe working in our lives to bring us to our intended completion brings Him great joy.  

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

The Greek work for workmanship here is “poiema”-  a masterpiece. He is writing into our lives a beautiful poem. The Master is shaping us to be a masterpiece.

May we have full confidence that He began the good work- and He will complete it.