Anybody out there a parent of young kiddos? Do you listen to the “Donut Man” CDs with your little ones? We owned a couple of cassettes (yes, I am that old) that we listened to over and over and over again in the car when our now-grown kiddos were small. Good memories! 🙂
Our family inadvertently memorized several verses thanks to the Donut Man and his songs. One of them is Philippians 1:6b ~ “…He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” (I can still hear the rhythm and “sing songiness” of this verse in my head every time I read it!)
I wonder if our kiddos think back and remember this verse. And I wonder how many of us read this verse but don’t really believe this verse. Do we really believe this truth? “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (emphasis mine).
Do you think that God the Father sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay the death penalty for your sins, wooed you to Himself with the power of His Holy Spirit, redeemed you by His grace through your faith in Jesus… and then left you to muddle through this life on your own? Perish that thought!
God is faithful to His word. If He says He will complete His work in you, He will do it!
God’s work in us is ongoing. He saves us, by grace through faith in Jesus, and then He makes us new.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17
He doesn’t stop there. If we allow Him, He works in us and through us.
“To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.” ~ Colossians 1:27-29
But wait, there’s more! He doesn’t ask us to live this life on our own strength.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~ Philippians 4:13
And He doesn’t ask us to live this life alone.
“…For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ ” ~ Hebrews 13:5b
We live our lives because of Christ, through Christ, with Christ, for Christ.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” ~ Galatians 2:20
This saying is overused but true: “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.” So don’t worry. He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
God has big plans for you and me. First and foremost, He wants you to choose life in His Son Jesus. Have you done that yet? 🙂
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” ~ 2 Peter 3:9
“And he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ ” ~ Acts 16:30-31