Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in your will carry it on to completion. (Philippians 1:6)
You’ve probably heard someone talking about “Plan B,” referring to an alternative plan of action to use if the original plan should go awry. Well, regardless of where this message finds you today, you are still on God’s “Plan A,” because in His economy there is no such thing as “Plan B” in the life of the believer.
All of us, when we look back over our lives, see a past littered with mistakes and missteps, sins and shortcomings that caused us to fall short of God’s best for our lives. But no matter what we have gone through, no matter how badly we believe we messed things up, God’s “Plan A” is still in operation. God has not revoked His original plan for our lives. God has not repealed His original goal for our lives. God has not rescinded His original desire for our lives. God is using everything that has happened in our lives to bring us into the fulfillment of His “Plan A” for our lives. And that plan for the life of every believer is, in a word, Christlikeness.
Romans 8:28-29 is God’s promise to work everything in our lives to accomplish His eternal plan for conforming us into the image and likeness of His Son. God takes our successes and our failures, our victories and our defeats, our triumphs and our tragedies, and works them all together for our good and His glory, and today’s verse, Philippians 1:6, assures us that nothing will keep God from making His perfect plan come together and be fulfilled. There is no “Plan B” in the life of the Christian. God is in complete control of all things, and He is fitting together every decision we make, both good and bad, even the really bad ones, to make us more like Jesus.
Let that truth set you free to rise above the waves of challenge today, knowing that He who began the good work in you is bringing it to completion in His time and in His perfect way.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!