Prepare – 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.”
Confidence can often be something that eludes many people, including me. I can lose my perspective by focusing on circumstances or the wrong priorities. Situations and difficulties can get me down, but they didn’t seem to get Paul down. Paul learned in whatever situation to be content. Paul said, I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Phil. 4:10-13).
From where did Paul’s confidence come? His confidence and ours comes from God, from his past, present, and future grace.
It comes first from remembering what God has done in you. Has God in fact saved you by his grace? Have you repented and are you trusting in Jesus for salvation? Remember what has happened and rejoice in what God has done, if that has happened in your life. Remember what God has saved you from and be glad for his work in you!
Second, don’t let the privilege of being saved by his grace go to waste. Be changed to help others follow Jesus. A disciple is one who is following Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and committed to the mission of Jesus (Matt. 4:19). Let others see your good works and glorify God (Matt. 5:16). Talk about Jesus and live for Jesus in front of others.
Third, trust his future grace that will continue to work in you and be completed in you on the day of Jesus. God is still working on you and on me. One day he will be finished with me, when he comes again or when I join him in heaven. God’s work in us will be done and we will see Jesus face to face (1 Cor. 13:12) – what a day that will be! Be confident in God – Father, Son, and Spirit. God is working in you and God will finish his work!
~ Pastor Craig Johnson