“I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
Do you ever feel like your spiritual life is not making progress? Maybe the social distancing and isolation has left you feeling spiritually stagnant and empty. It can happen when we get discouraged, exhausted and overwhelmed. You’re not alone if you’ve felt that way before or you feel that way now. When I feel that way, I’m reminded of the promise in this verse, and it gives me hope and confidence that God is not finished. He hasn’t given up on me, and He hasn’t given up on you! If spiritual growth were solely up to us, we would be in trouble. The Bible tells us that the very God who began His good work within us is the same God who will continue that work until it is finished on the day when Jesus Christ returns! That takes the pressure off. There’s joy in knowing that our spiritual growth is His business. He does the work in us so that He may do a work through us. It’s a process that will continue until it is finished on the day Christ Jesus returns. That reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw one time that said, “Please be patient with me, God is not through with me yet!” We are all under construction as God shapes us into the very image of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. And God promises to finish the work He began.
When you feel incomplete, undone or distressed by the worries and concerns of this life, remember God’s promise in Philippians 1:6 to continue the GOOD work He began in you when you trusted Jesus as your Savior. Even when I feel like I am not making any progress, God is still at work. Let God complete what He began and rejoice that it is His business.
One of the best ways I know to energize your spiritual growth is through connecting with other Christ followers on the journey. This pandemic has been one of the most challenging times to make that happen. That’s why we are offering our first ever live online livestream Membership Class at Woodlands Church this Sunday at 1pm on live.wc.org . You can register now and connect with others who share your desire for spiritual growth. I look forward to seeing you online.