The Word tells us in Philippians that the One who began a good work in us will also be the One who completes it. This seems to be one of the most underrated promises in scripture. The Creator, who called us to Him through His Son, is committed to seeing the work in us done. Until the end. I have started many things in my life that I lacked the sensibility to finish, and it is good to know that God does not share my deficiency. As He is both the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end – I believe we can say He sees us as we are today, as we once were and as we will someday be. He sees the whole, the totality of the work that His children are. We are not simply one point in time to our Father, we are a vast multitude of points smeared across the canvas of this life. He is the author, originator and finisher of our faith.
As we reach the middle of this corporate fast, I think it represents a fulcrum in our walk as well. Will we compromise, quit or complete? Will we let this time be a new standard set for how we attack commitments?
The writer of Philippians ran the race to win. He pressed on. He did not quit or acquiesce to the mounting pressures of this world. He did not count the difficulties of this life as anything in comparison to the promise to come. His purpose was to reflect the character and attitude of the Messiah he proclaimed. Our purpose should be the same and to complete the tasks we’ve been given. You are sons and daughters of God, bothers and sisters of Messiah and soldiers in this battle!! Let’s finish what we started.
Think About It
1. Take a look at Philippians 1. After reflecting upon these words, how many times can you recall that the Lord has worked in your life in order to continue His perfect plan? Do you believe He will do it again, both now and always?
2. What are some areas that you may have started something but didn’t finish it? Is there anything the Spirit is revealing to you now that you need to pick back up in order to complete it? Are there areas in your life that need more consistency? Ask the Lord for help!
3. We are called as soldiers to finish what we’ve started. Let’s plant ourselves deeper in the Word, in prayer, and ultimately in Him this morning as we continue our corporate fast. Don’t get sidetracked by the temporal. Remember to spend time focusing on what the Lord wants today as we give up the things our flesh desires in exchange for what our spirits truly need.
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6