Promise for Today:Job Completion

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 NIV

I love this promise. My greatest fear used to be that somehow I would reach the end of my life and not have fulfilled God‘s purpose for me–that I would miss too many opportunities to serve Him, or that I would fail to reach His potential for my life. 

And then I began to read that verse a little closer. Who “began the good work”? Us or God?

And who will “carry it on to completion?” Us or God? And when will it be completed? What then is my part?

It gives me great joy and assurance to know that when I surrender my life into God’s control (warts and all!), that God always finishes what He starts. He always has, and He always will. Whether that “good work” means His salvation and/or His ultimate purpose for us, it’s still a comforting promise.

Do you know God’s purpose for your life? His ultimate purpose for all of us is to bring Him glory, however He chooses. And that work can go on, maybe even long after we’re gone–until the “day of Christ Jesus.” Could it be that God will even keep using our Christian influence long after we’re gone–until the day Christ comes back again?

What an exciting thought!

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8 Responses to “Promise for Today:Job Completion”

  1. Bob Barlow on June 7th, 2011 12:29 pm

    God is always faithful to complete the work He began. Your thoughts today remind me of one of our dad’s major principles of his life, which teaches that we should do the same: “If a job is once begun, never leave it till it’s done. Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all.”

  2. Suzanne Jackson on June 7th, 2011 1:28 pm

    I’m so thankful for God’s faithfulness. Everyday, the things I DON’T complete, even CAN’T complete should be a reminder of His power and faithfulness, and my need.

    Thanks for the good word, Becky!

  3. stanley on June 8th, 2011 9:28 am

    in the church i fellowship, its a verse that is sung to welcome new members, or visitors. and most of the time we just sing these songs without reflecting on the meaning. revelation knowledge is so important for us as Christians and an important platform for us in actually going ahead to allow God complete the redemptive plan He started in us. we are daily occupied with the mundane routine of life and in the midst of it all God is a number on the list……. i pray the Good Lord opens our hearts and minds to receive Him and let Him complete the work He has begun in our lives

  4. Rebecca on June 14th, 2011 4:43 pm

    Thanks, Bob, for your comments. I can still Daddy’s plaque on the wall. Those words were evident all through his life.

  5. Rebecca on June 14th, 2011 4:44 pm

    So true, Suzanne! Thanks for your special comments!

  6. Rebecca on June 14th, 2011 4:45 pm

    Stanley, I remember well that song. God is indeed a faithful Creator—and Completer!

  7. Shelly on June 14th, 2011 6:53 pm

    A friend sent me your Daily in His Presence. I went to your site to see about where it came from. It blessed me today and she is going through alot, with her hubby very ill. I came on this blog and it meant alot to me also. I am actually very low today and I love that verse. Thank you.

  8. Rebecca on June 15th, 2011 1:06 pm

    Hi, Shelly! I’m so gald God’s word blessed you. He is so faithful to minister to us through His Word. It is powerful. May the Lord lift you up, encourage you, and make His presence known to you in amazing ways today and in the coming days as you seek Him daily. He is indeed continuing the work He began in you. Thanks for your comments.

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