He wants to – 2015.09.10
I trust that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1: 6
Paul writes to the Philippians a letter that has it all. He is full of confidence, hope and trust for these people who have begun with Jesus. He’s not a complainer and critic. He does not say: You shouldn’t Do this, your need to pay more attention to that and generally make more of an effort… But let’s let him speak for himself! It is a letter full of confidence in God and the believers. It is also a letter from God to you and me …
I thank my God every time I remember youIn all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 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. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Yes, this is the letter of God to us! He has sooo much hope for us! He yearns for us because he loves us so much! He took us into his heart! He will never abandon us and go and sulk if we do something wrong. He is certain that he will complete the work that he has started in us. For this grace we want to live today and not live the lies of the enemy, who says you’re a failure, a miserable sinner, you have lost the grace you deserve no mercy! – No, Jesus’ words are for you today: I myself will accomplish what I started in you.
Thank you, Jesus, you have begun in me and you will bring about the end of it. Even though I am sometimes stubborn and do not want to listen to you: you will have your way with me, as you have promised. You will accomplish my way. Your grace alone can do that.
Bible Reading Today: Psalm 121, 1-8