6 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.
The ‘good work’ that Paul is referring to in this verse is the salvation process for the church in Philippi – to whom this epistle is addressed to. In all likelihood, when Paul wrote this letter he was imprisoned. He’s writing to encourage the believers in the church to keep persevering in their faith and to not lose hope because the transformational change they witness in their own lives, isn’t something Paul did, but it’s something God began (v.5) and will continue to carry out until the day of Jesus’ return. Paul’s confidence isn’t in his ability or skill to preach, teach or model the truth about Jesus, but in God’s character, faithfulness and promises.
So when things seem difficult, hard and with no end in sight, and you wonder or doubt if Christianity is worth fighting the fight, remember, the ability doesn’t rest in your strength, but in God’s strength, faithfulness and promises. That’s where your confidence lies and it’s from that place that you can receive hope and see it come to completion on the day Jesus returns.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in your current situation
Pray for unity across the churches in your area and invite the Holy Spirit to be at work.