Philippians 1:1-6 (NIV)
1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 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.
I have been reading a lot from the book of Philippians lately and have rediscovered many important truths that can be applied to my daily walk with God. I hope to share some of these with you in the days ahead. My hope is that you will be led to read this letter from the Apostle Paul more closely and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you as well.
So often we go through life in search of our true purpose and identity. We search for truth and meaning for our lives and we often struggle to correctly identify our true calling and purpose. Mistakenly, we try to live up to the expectations of others and we often lose sight of where our true identity exists. For the Christian, our true identity and calling is found in the saving grace of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. As a Christ follower, we can truly say that no matter what we experience in life, that, “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
- Do you have the courage to speak the word of God in your daily walk with God?
- Are you willing to share the gospel with others?
- Do you fear what they might think of you or say about you because of your faith in God and in Christ?
The promise and the hope for me in these first six verses of Philippians is that the same God who began to work through me, and through you, “will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” God doesn’t leave anything incomplete. If God starts something you can be assured that He will carry it through to completion. This good work is a continuing transformation of our character and our behavior, and it serves to strengthen our faith and trust in God. Like the Apostle Paul, we will begin to understand that no matter what direction life takes us, no matter what disappointment life brings our way, no matter what obstacles we face, no matter the amount of suffering we must endure for the sake of the gospel, we can trust in the fact that God is faithful to the end, and that whatever work He began in our lives, He is faithful to carry it through to completion. And then we can finally begin to understand and sing the words to that great song of faith, “It is well, it is well, with my soul!”