30 January 2018

REFLECTION

Welcome to Tuesday’s podcast. My name is Andy Rushworth

Our reading today is Philippians 1: 1-11

We’re going to focus on verse 6, but I encourage you to read the rest of the passage sometime today.

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.

I remember one time when we had a workman in our house fitting a new shower… it wasn’t long after he started that my alarm bells were going off… over a week later, three water leaks and not knowing if he was going to turn up to finish the job, my patience was wearing very thin.

Unlike having a shower fitted… which should only take a day or two, God’s work in us continues throughout our lifetime and will be completed when we meet him face to face.

God’s work FOR us began when Christ died on the cross in our place. His work IN us began when we first believed. Now the Holy Spirit lives in us, enabling us to be more like Christ every day.

Do you sometimes feel as though you are not making progress in your spiritual life?

When God starts a project, we can be confident that He will complete it. You may not see instant results, they will take longer than a week… for the work that God is doing in you… the work to make you more Christ like and to fulfil your destiny and purpose… is a life long journey.

So, relax in God… he knows what he is doing… He has great plans for you!

PRAYER

Father God, Thank you that you do not abandon the works of your hand. We choose to trust you this day, that the work you have started in us, you will complete!

In Jesus name, Amen

READING: PHILIPPIANS 1:1-11

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,

To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 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.

It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.