Start to Finish

Philippians 1: 6 "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

This is a wonderful promise.

There are days (sometimes many of them in a row) when I'm not sure that I'm doing this whole Jesus thing right. And there are some days when I really don't want to! But Paul says here that Jesus has started this work in us, and he's going to "carry it to completion."

There are two things here that stick out to me. The first is that word "completion." This is not a project that will be left half finished. The second is that "he who began it" will finish it. That means that it's not all on us! Of course, we participate and take part, but Jesus is the one who gives us strength and carries us through.

Chris and Diana pointed out on Sunday that this doesn't mean it will be easy (more on that tomorrow), but it does mean he'll be there. Do you find that hard to believe? If so, talk to Jesus about that today.