Posted January 07, 2017
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.
Here we are in our first week of 2017. With a New Year also come New Year resolutions. We all feel it: the opportunity for a fresh start, a “new you in the new year.” This year we swear everything will be different! It could be a commitment to lose some pounds, establish a new habit, get a new job, or be more (fill-in-the-blank). And yet here we are, merely a week in, and if you’re anything like me, our passionate resolve on the eve of the first has already dissipated a bit. Before you know it, we will find ourselves in the same place by the end of January that we were at the end of December. Is there hope for us? Can we change?
This verse in Paul’s letter to Philippi should come to us as good news! Paul tells us that he is “sure” or confident in something. His confidence was not grounded in himself, his resolve to get a job done or to change, but rather in Someone far more trustworthy. Paul knew this powerful truth: that while we finite humans waver and wane in our resolutions, God does not! His resolutions are settled and steady, steadfast and strong. He doesn’t have to re-commit Himself year after year to the things He’s already committed Himself to, so much so that the Bible teaches us He does not change.
This is a truth to settle into and rest in: the work that God began in you is a work that God will finish or complete. Isn’t that freeing? Do you ever ask yourself, “Do I have what it takes? Am I strong enough?” Or perhaps doubts continue to plague your heart and mind. Friends, the beginner of your faith was never you but rather God! Trust in Him to complete it…
Also note that God’s work in us isn’t some abstract work! It’s tied to the “day of Jesus Christ,” or His return (see Philippians 2:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:2–11; 2 Peter 3:10–13; Revelation 20:11–21:8). You see, Jesus started a work when He took on flesh. Unlike us, He lived a perfect life of obedience before God the Father, giving up His life in our place to pay a debt for sin that we could never pay. It didn’t end there! After three days, he was raised to life in power and currently sits at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf until He returns and completes His work. The completion of God’s work in our lives is tied to the completion of Jesus’ work when He returns in glory and power both eradicating sin and saving those who’ve put their trust in Him.
Do you trust this Jesus? He is the author and perfecter of Your faith! He will complete the work He started. You can be confident and sure of Him.
Song by Seth Dady.
Artwork by Jessyca Allen.
Devotional by Joel Limpic.