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. (Philippians 1:6 NIV)
“We’re a work in progress.” We’ve heard the saying used in all kinds of contexts. Coaches use it to reassure their fans that the best is yet to come. Technology Company CEO’s use the phrase to let consumers know that hiccups and glitches are being dealt with and a better product is just around the corner. Politicians use the phrase to hold off the skeptical public about policies that seem to not be working. Sometimes the phrase is an accurate assessment that things are going to be better, but there are other times the phrase is used to delay the inevitability of failure.
There is one instance in which the phrase can be used with 100% accuracy and that is in reference to the lives of God’s people. We are indeed a work in progress and our progress will continue until we draw our last breath in this life. The reason why you and I can, with absolute confidence, describe our lives as a work in progress is because our progress is God’s work. Notice how Paul describes our progress. He says, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” He began the work in you and me and He won’t stop working until His work is complete.
I don’t know about you, but that is great news to me. Oftentimes I feel like I’ve taken two steps forward and three steps backwards. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve made any progress at all. Sometimes I read about Jesus’ perfect holiness, His limitless love, and magnificent mercy and feel a million miles from the life He has called me to live. I’ve got to stop drawing conclusions from how I feel and trust that He is always working—even through the ups and downs, twists and turns, of this crazy life of mine.
Paul reminds me that He is “faithful.” He’s never broken a promise…not one. Therefore I can know that He is at work and He will never stop working in me to mold me and shape me into the image of His glorious Son. What a promise! What an amazing truth! What a mighty God we serve!