By Brooke Holt
“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
How I love to begin a new project! There is always joy and anticipation of what is to come with new vision and opportunity. New beginnings are such fun, then there is the messy middle. You know that place in which your initial enthusiasm has waned, and the reality of the challenge is quite apparent? That is the time I am ready to quit and begin the next project. Yet, I know that where there is vision, there is the calling and the divine opportunity for perseverance and ultimate growth.
Paul addressed the Philippians in their messy middle. They were discouraged by seeing their fearless leader imprisoned, and it was quite likely they may have questioned their own fate. If Paul was in jail for preaching the Gospel, what may happen to them for doing the same? Beyond that, how would they continue as a church without Paul?
Knowing their fear, hurt, and concern, Paul reminded the Philippians of the best news ever. Just as the Lord had called them to faith, the Lord would sustain them in faith until the very end. It was his work in them not their striving or performing. God had them, and he would not let them go. There was such great assurance in the Lord, freedom, steadfast love, and abundant grace.
Paul lived in that assurance, freedom, love, and grace. The desire of his heart was that the Philippians would receive these precious gifts of the Lord and release their fears, doubts, and uncertainties. God would make the way for them; he would finish the work of salvation through the work of Jesus Christ.
Paul’s message was for those struggling believers in Philippi, and his message is for you today. God has called you to himself. He has redeemed you and saved you through his Son Jesus Christ. And now, God will never let you go. You are secure in his steadfast love and grace. Can you receive this great news and allow your heart, mind, body, and spirit rest in his gift to you? God will finish his good work in you. You have only to receive and release!
Is this truth difficult for you to receive? Ask the Lord to help you humble your heart before him today so that you can fully embrace the best news ever. We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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