There is a lot of talk these days about starting something . . . a new business venture; a new exercise program; a new relationship; a new course of study . . . there are any number of “new starts” that we announce we’re going to make. But as important as it is to begin something, it is equally important to finish it. Let this word today encourage you to that end and remind you that your God is always a Faithful Finisher.
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)
Inasmuch as each one of us is a work in progress—“unfinished business” in the hands of the Almighty—we can be fully confident that God will not leave any of His work undone. We have His Word on it! Our heavenly Father always finishes what He has started, and that includes His work in you! However much good God has worked, both in you and through you, none of it is perfect yet, and God will not stop short of perfection. He will not stop until His ultimate purpose for us has been completed . . . when we have been conformed to the likeness of His Son. This, beloved, should be a source of great encouragement to you today and every day on this side of the grave.
Make no mistake, none of us can perfect the work of grace in our lives in any way. We constantly fall short in our thoughts, words, deeds, and desires each day. But that cannot be said about our God. God is perfecting us as we advance toward the Celestial City. God is perfecting our . . .
As I’ve said, God is conforming us to the image of Christ and it would shroud His glory if He stopped short of that mark in our lives. God is using all things as part of the process of perfecting us . . . in spite of everything that is against Him. The world is against Him. Our flesh is against Him. The devil is against Him. And yet God has promised to overcome everything the evil one can set up as an obstacle to our perfection.
David knew this truth and built his life upon its foundation:
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. (Psalm 138:8 NKJV)
David knew by way of personal and, at times, excruciating experience that God was in the process of perfecting him. David knew his own flaws, but he also knew his Faithful Finisher. He knew God would not abandon him, no matter what he did. Remember, it was God who sent the prophet Nathan to confront David about his sin with Bathsheba, because God refused to let David stay the way David was. David knew that God was for him, so it didn’t matter what came up against him; God would ultimately get the victory.
So . . . how is God working in your life right now as He is conforming you to the image of His Son? Are you in need of a “Nathan-like” rebuke in order to continue advancing in the conforming process? God is faithful to finish what He started and He will use any means necessary.
May our faith be strengthened this day as we contemplate the love and grace of our Faithful Finisher!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!