In Philippians, Paul writes: I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Phi. 1:6, NLT) There is something so comforting in those first three words: I am certain. There is absolutely no doubt in Paul’s mind whatsoever, even as he was imprisoned in Rome, that God would and will finish that which he started—the redemption and reconciliation of mankind to himself.
God will stop at nothing to accomplish his goal—God himself, by his own power, lowered himself into humanity, lived among us and allowed us to violently end his human life so that he could defeat the death we invited in with our sin. He defeated death for us and offers us life with him. STOP. Let’s read that again. God will stop at nothing to accomplish his goal—God himself, by his own power, lowered himself into humanity, lived among us and allowed us to violently end his human life so that he could defeat the death we invited in with our sin. He defeated death for us and offers us life with him. The power and ability to do what he did then and continues to do towards our reconciliation is incomprehensible and unimaginable. Let’s not just gloss over it like he was gluing together a broken vase. The work he is doing to bring us back to him is intricate and delicate for we are both stronger than we know and more fragile than we would ever choose to admit. There is work to be done and it must be done with precision of God’s steady hand and ultimate craftsmanship.
Knowing that God will not stop until I am the woman he created me to be both scares me and brings me great joy. It scares me because the unknown and change lie ahead of me. I don’t like change (though I am getting used to it) and the very thought of the unknown sometimes make my blood rush in with anxiety through my body and takes my breath away. It brings me joy because I know for certain that he loves me and will always be with me. I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that the closer he gets to completing his work in me, the more intimate and full our relationship will be.
So what’s my part in all of this? To let him. God’s goal of reconciliation requires that I choose of my own freewill to be reconciled to him. That’s my only job. To say yes. Yes to him. Yes to his sovereignty in my life. My job is to fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of my faith. (Heb. 12:2a, NIV) I am his apprentice watching my teacher, learning the art of living a godly life copying what I see him do until it becomes a part of who I am.