Philippians 1:3 I thank my God every time I remember you, 4 constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5 because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul was writing this letter to Christians in the city of Philippi. It is such a rich letter, full of promise. This morning it is v.6 that speaks most to me. There are three key elements in this verse.
First, it is God the Father who had begun a work in this Christian community through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Second, the work of God was ongoing. Though people were being transformed more and more into the likeness of Jesus, there was more work to do.
Third, that work of transformation would be complete “by the day of Jesus Christ”, which refers to the day of Jesus’ return.
If you’re like me, there are times when it seems your faith stalls. When there is little progress. When it seems like one step forward two steps back. Our passage for today affirms we can trust the Lord to carry us forward to completion. Lord let it be so. Amen.