Finishing What He Starts

Read: Philippians 1:6-10

He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion. (v. 6)

Paul is not rolling the dice when he writes these words. When he notes that he “is sure” of this, he literally means, “I am absolutely convinced, I am absolutely certain.”

Certain of what? Certain that what God started in this young congregation in the city of Philippi he was not going to give up on—neither on the work nor on the people. The word “you” in the verse is plural in the original language—“you all.” Or, if Paul had been from the South, “all y’all.” And that means Paul is talking to everyone in the church when he reminds them that God is not finished with them. God is still working with them and through them. They have yet to see God’s best days, both individually and corporately. And even though this young congregation is facing some difficult issues, they can look forward to what God will yet do among them, and find strength and hope in that certainty.

Out of the blackness of pagan and non-Christian religions, God carved an entity with his name stamped on it. He pierced the darkness of Philippi with the bright light of Jesus Christ. But he had only just gotten started. God would keep working, completing, and adding finishing touches of grace on those lives and that church even if it took until the second coming of Jesus Christ in all of his glory. And he will do the same for you!

As you pray, rest in the certainty of God’s work.

About the Author

David Walls is a pastor and writer who has served in ministry for more than 40 years.

This entry is part 4 of 31 in the series Philippians: To All the Saints