"...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." (Philippians 1:6)
When we were kids we used to love to play with Legos. We had a big box full of random pieces that we could use to make whatever we wanted. I remember each of us would often design our own houses – here’s the living room, my bedroom, your bedroom (always smaller than mine), kitchen, etc. Inevitably, however, we’d run out of good pieces for the walls, and start having to make do with what was left, but usually we’d just give up and be left with half-finished houses.
The image of a construction project works well for this week’s verse. Paul is assuring the Philippians (and us) that God will continue to work and shape our lives until the project is complete on the day of Christ. He does not abandon the project because of limited resources, or get bored with us and start working on something more interesting. He will be faithful to bring our lives into completion and maturity.
Also implied in this verse is the promise that we are not finished yet. That God will continue to do a good work in us and "will carry it on to completion" means: we haven’t gotten there yet. It’s easy sometimes to look at the lives of others – especially the lives they present to us on Facebook, or when we see them in church – and feel like everyone else has things figured out. They don’t seem to be wrestling with doubt, or discouragement, or misbehaving kids, or arguing with their spouse, or being dissatisfied with work, or struggling in school, or any of our struggles.
Sometimes it seems like everyone else is completed, and we’re the only one who is unfinished. The reality is: we’re all unfinished! And we’re supposed to be, but God’s not done with us yet. It’s okay to not have all the answers, because God is faithful. He is still working on you.
Author: Pastor Gary Hansen