Good Work

May 4, 2018

Philippians 1:6… 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.

            This is a great promise, but doesn’t tell us when the day of Jesus Christ is. Isn’t it interesting that when God gives us a beautiful  promise, our first response is not “How wonderful” but rather, “When?” The good work that has begun in you will be completed by God, in His time. That tells us some things. God will finish what He starts and… we won’t. In the letter to the Galatians, Paul chides them bluntly for trying to help God with their sanctification. I spoke with a man yesterday, who said that it is his nature to want to do. He is not content to just be and let it happen, he wants to participate. That is human nature… at least for men.

            In the book of Job, his friends spend days trying to get Job to admit to a wrong doing that would result in the calamities that befell him. He on the other hand talked about how he did not do anything worthy of the calamities and, in fact, did things right. The whole discussion was about actions. After listening for days, God shows up and confronts Job. Listen to His opening words:

Job 38:3… Dress for action, like a man;

            God acknowledges that men like action.  And then, He talks at length about the function of the universe; He talks about actions.

            So, God is aware of our need to act? Yes, He is, but he is also aware of how shortsighted we are and how our actions probably won’t be eternal in nature because we are not eternal thinkers, naturally. He takes control of the things that are essential to our future well being. Today’s verse fits that scenario. Through Jesus He began a good work in us and He will complete it.  One of the messages of the Old Testament that we often forget is that God will do what He says He will; He will finish what He starts. At the end of His day, there will be nothing left undone. No matter what comes your way, be it a catastrophe or a pleasure, we rest in the assurance that God is in control and will use it to finish the work that He has begun in our lives.  And it is more than just a work; it is a good work. The good work in you is eternal in perspective.