It is the third week of the new year and now it is time for some accountability. How are you doing with all of those resolutions? Perhaps you committed to stop drinking, start exercising, or re-define your view of self by talking back to all those insecurities. If you are like me, all the best intentions to start a new work fails due to hardship, temptation, or stress. If you have already failed, don’t quit. Get back on the bike and keep going.
This cycle also reveals a contrast between our struggle to finish and God’s faithfulness to complete what He started. In Philippians 1:6, Paul writes a simple and powerful reminder of God’s promise to complete what He began in us. This applies to my personal relationship with Christ and to the fellowship of the Church.
Paul points to God’s faithfulness and ability to continue and keep us. Our salvation is not of our own power or goodness and fully relies on the work of Christ. Moreso, He works in us to will and do according to His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). God started the work, continues the work, and will complete the work. Sometimes, when students fail to turn in their assignments before the term ends, they receive an “incomplete.” Perhaps you’ve had some incompletes. If not in school, what about incomplete projects around the house? I’ve started many things that I never finished! But God never receives an “incomplete.” God always finishes what He starts.
Rest in this truth today and allow Him to mold and shape you according to His definition and reality. Your inability to finish does not define His ability to keep us, save us, redeem us, and restore us. Walk in that confidence today no matter what!