Sometimes it’s easy to see the good stuff that God is doing in other people’s lives.
Maybe that preacher or writer or godly stalwart of the faith at church—yeah, we can see what he’s doing there.
After all, those people are holy, godly Christians . . . they’re the sanctified ones.
But is he really doing anything in us?
We’re all too conscious of the ugly things we’ve shoved into one of our closets to think that God might be doing something significant in us.
The Bible says otherwise:
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 (Philippians 1:6).
Paul is writing to the Christians in Philippi, of course, but they were just like us: followers of Jesus who loved the Lord but struggled to live as they should.
I love the apostle’s confidence: “I am sure of this.”
“I hope so”?
“I think so”?
No, Paul seems to have no doubts that God will do big things in these Christians’ lives.
Why was he so sure?
Was it because they had some kind of spiritual aptitude that you don’t?
Had they attained some level of super-righteousness that we can’t get?
Notice carefully what Paul says: “he who began a good work in you . . .”
Paul knew the work would be finished because he wasn’t thinking about human ability or human self-discipline or human will.
These people weren’t super-Christians.
When he writes, “he who began a good work in you,” he’s looking squarely at Jesus, the source of all spiritual strength.
He began it, and he’ll complete it.
That applied to the Philippians two thousand years ago, and it applies equally to you.
Pause a moment and thank God. Thank him for what he began in you a few months, years, or decades ago.
Thank him for the assurance that he won’t drop the ball.
Thank him for using you—with your struggles and weaknesses—to do a “good work.”
And ask him to help you trust in his promise that he’ll finish what he started.
God doesn’t just do good stuff in the Abrahams, Sarahs, Pauls, and Marys.
He’s doing them right now in ordinary people like me and you.