Philippians 1:6 — 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 (NASB).
Another version says He will carry the good work He began in you on to completion (NIV). Have you ever been working on a project and felt like there was no end in sight? I was what you’d call a procrastinator in college. I would wait until the last possible minute to complete major assignments, so I’d stay up days on end writing papers and finishing projects. Many times I would finish just minutes before the deadlines.
I remember feeling overwhelmed by the avalanche of work I had created for myself. There were many times I wondered if I could endure to the end and get everything finished. And there were certainly times I’d question, “Why am I doing this to myself? Is it even worth it?”
I believe this is where a lot of Christians find themselves in their walks with the Lord. This is certainly true of someone who has a radical conversion. They receive Christ and are immediately thrust from a life of worldliness into one of holiness, and it can be overwhelming.
God begins a new work in us at salvation. From that day forward our aim is to be more like Him. It’s an everyday process of renewing our minds and cultivating the fruits of the Spirit in our lives. We practice holiness and study His word. We surround ourselves with other believers and spend quality time in prayer.
Then one day we realize we still have a long way to go. We become frustrated and begin to question whether finishing the race is worth it. Many people beat themselves up when they sin. If you find yourself in a similar position today, look back at how far you’ve already come. God is still working on you, and the process won’t be complete until Jesus returns. Don’t give up!
Colossians 4:17 — See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord (NIV).
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