He Began a Work, He Will Complete it
I often think upon Philippians 1:6. I often think about the beginning of HIS work and HIM seeing it through to completion. The verse reads, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” What a powerful little verse placed gently into the introduction of the letter to the church in Philippi. It is as if Paul is saying, “Hey Guys! What’s up? God is just beginning to do a work in you, so get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!” I think that message is for our church today as well. God has just begun a work in many of us, and I believe HE will see it through to completion.
I see we are beginning more ministries, relationships, commitments, and responsibilities than ever before. Genuine ministry is reaching into this community, and that is a new beginning. We shall continue to battle the common concept of church that is so prevalent in our day, and force our hearts and actions out into the community. I pray we are never caught looking to the front doors of our church as our strategy to reach the lost. I pray we are never satisfied with assumptions about the eternal security of our neighbors. I long for a day that every person who CLAIMS Christ as SAVIOR, also PROCLAIMS Christ as SAVIOR to the lost and broken in this world. We can bring change to the ‘church culture’ of Sherman one person at a time.
There is no person beyond the GRACE of Christ. No matter the failure, no matter the heartache, Jesus is still the answer. He has begun a work, He will see us through the tough days as we are shaped into His image. The God that created the world and set the universe on its axis, is the same God who is at work in your life and in our dear church. I thank God for the recent victories we have seen, and long to continue the adventure through completion. What a blessing to follow Christ!
Psalm 30:5 states, “For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” The favor of GOD is with us for a ’lifetime’ and JOY comes in the morning. As we surrender to the God who created us, let us be reminded of His favor and the JOY that comes with knowing Christ! God has a special plan, and He is choosing to use His church. PRAISE GOD!