Psalm 31:9-16; 1 Samuel 16:11-13; Philippians 1:1-11

Being brought up on a farm in eastern Sumter County one of the things made me feel good was to complete a task and to complete it well. Take for instance, preparing a field for planting. Some of the fields were many acres and some were small just a couple of acres. Sometimes difficulties such as a high stand of weeds would take several passes with the plow to get prepared for planting or some would be so dusty that you could hardly breathe or see where you were going. Some fields were wet and the last thing you would want to do is to bog the tractor down. These things could hinder completing the work to be done. However hard the task, it was a good sense of completion when the last row was planted. You would exit the field knowing that you did your best and the seeds that were planted would sprout and produce a crop. It was really satisfying when my father would say, good job son. It gave me confidence knowing that he could depend on me to complete what he asked me to do.

In Philippians 1:1-11, Paul gives these words of confidence to those at the church in Philippi. He includes everyone when he said, “to all of God’s holy people in Christ Jesus”. He also said that he prayed with joy because of their partnership in the gospel and that he was confident, that God that started a good work in them would carry it on to completion until the day that Christ Jesus returned. To each believer in Christ Jesus, Paul said you are God’s holy people and He has begun a good work in you.

Today, God may lead us to a field that is head high in weeds, it may be dry, or it may be so wet that we could become bogged down. The work God has for you may seem too difficult to complete, yet He depends on us to complete it. If we believe in God’s Word, we should have confidence that He will empower us with His Holy Spirit to bring to completion the work that He has begun in us. He began the work at Calvary with His Son Jesus Christ and in our salvation he has begun it in us. Our work is to do the will of the Father so that we will be found pure and blameless on the day of Christ. Remember, we are God’s holy people and “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”(v.6). We do this, “to the glory and praise of God” (11b).

Rev. Roland Evans – Lead Pastor – Cottageville Church of the Nazarene – Cottageville, SC

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