“Being confident of this, that He who began good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phil. 1:6
Don’t you love Paul’s direct language? His assurance? He says he is “confident” that God will carry out His work in us. He’s not saying, “I think God will work in you,” or “Maybe if you try hard enough, God might keep working in your life.” He says He is confident.
Paul knew firsthand that God works in lives, and he was quick to admit that God’s work in his own life was not yet completed. Is God working in your life? What would it look like if God’s good work in us was complete? Because of our sinful nature, we will never know God’s “completed work” until we get to heaven. Rest assured, God is working in your life whether you see Him or not, and this work of growing more Christ-like is not something we have to do all alone. God began His work and He will carry it on to completion.
What does this “good work” look like for Cedar Hills Church? It means God was with the founders of the church (began good work) and He is still working in our church today (carrying on to completion). He works through His building, His pastors and staff, those who serve, and through the body of Christ in the community. What ways do you see God growing Cedar Hills Church? What ways do you see God growing you? What is your part in God’s good work?
Thank You that we can say with confidence that You who began a good work will carry it on to completion. Show us how we can grow more like You. Thank You for not giving up on us, even when we may not see the plan. Thank You for seeing the big picture and continuing to guide us until the day You return to take us to heaven. We love You and praise you. Amen.