Philippians 1.6 – The Process

How often do you start things only to never finish them? Maybe it’s a home improvement task, working on your car or bike, a project with the kids…I think we’ve all been there. Thankfully, God is not like this. I love what Charles Spurgeon said on this,

“Where is there an instance of God’s beginning any work and leaving it incomplete? Show me for once a world abandoned and thrown aside half formed; show me a universe cast off from the Great Potter’s wheel, with the design in outline, the clay half hardened, and the form unshapely from incompleteness.”

The redeeming, saving, sanctifying work God began in you the moment you were justified through faith will be brought to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (v.6). 

As yesterday Paul was filled with joy at the thought of the Philippians’ partnership in the gospel with him (v.5), today he naturally thinks from beginning to end and says that this good work will be brought to completion at the return of Jesus; from conversion to consummation.

The same is true for you and me today; the grace of God at work in you to conform you day by day into the image of His beloved Son will be completed when He comes again. 

Until then, enjoy the process. Enjoy the day-by-day changing. Notice where you act differently, react differently, choose differently, and think differently to how you did from the first day until now. More than this, take a great confidence in the truth that our God always finishes what He starts, and that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 

Published by James Travis

Pastor of Saar Fellowship in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Married to Robyn and Dad to our two boys.

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