I didn’t write yesterday, but did finish Zephaniah. Today we’ll start Philippians. Four chapters. Four days. One more entire book of the Bible read.
Philippians 1:6, “…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (NKJV)
Philippians 1:25-26, “And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.” (NKJV)
Where’s your confidence? What are you absolutely certain of? In Philippians 1 Paul says there are two things he’s completely confident of:
- Verse 6 – He’s confident God will complete his good work in you.
- Verse 25 – He’s confident God will continue his good work through him.
Think of it like this, right now God is at work writing the story of your life. All that seems missing, all that is incomplete, all that anxiety you feel because of fears and failures, He’s working out all these things in you and through you so that your life in him will one day be complete. Your life is a story still being written.
He’s also working in you to bless others. It’s part of his design for us to need one another. There are things you know about God I will never know until you speak up. You have skills God wants to employ for the benefit of others. You have been entrusted with resources that can help someone else as God completes his work in them.
God intends to complete the work he started in you. God has included you in his plan for how to complete that work in someone else.
Receiving and giving. Being completed and helping make complete.
Be confident today. Those areas of your life today that seem out-of-place, broken or incomplete are places where God is at work. It’s your life, under construction. Trust him. In his time and his way he will knock off the hard edges. He will sharpen who you are. He will strengthen your knowledge and abilities. He will increase the influence you carry. He will provide the resources you need. He will complete the work he has begun in you.
He’s doing this for a reason. It’s because you are part of his plan for someone else. Be confident today. God will use you to encourage someone in their faith. He will use you to challenge them to take their next step of obedience. He will ask you to be generous with your time, your skills and your resources because someone nearby needs what you have. He will employ you to accomplish his will and empower you to fulfill his purpose. You are part of his story for someone else. In their story you may be the character that changes eternity for them today. You may be the one that says just the right thing at just the right time so the lightbulb finally comes on and they finally get what God’s been trying to get them to hear all along. You may be the anonymous benefactor that puts just the right amount of cash into someone’s mailbox just when they need it most.
It leads to a statement and a question.
- God wants to do something in you and through you that can’t be explained because of you.
- How will you use who you are and what you have for the benefit of others?
Thank you for working to complete the good work you started in me. You have forgiven my sin, now you work to make me whole and make me holy. Give me the patience to trust you as you create in me a clean heart, and as you give me the skills and knowledge I need to accomplish your purpose. Thank you for employing me to encourage and challenge others. Show me how I can use who I am and what I have for the benefit others. Today, do something in me and through me that can’t be explained because of me.
I love you, in Jesus name –