Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
There was a time when I was a manager of an indoor swimming pool. We had lots of down-time when working at this pool, especially on the slow days. On occasion we would break out a jigsaw puzzle in the break room. It was interesting to see people walk by, and casually do one or two pieces before continuing on their way. I think with all jigsaw puzzles there is a pull or a desire to see them completed. The sight of it uncompleted “calls” to many to work on it and see it brought to completion.
In the first half of Philippians chapter 1 Paul starts with a prayer for the Christians at Philippi as he does in almost all his letters. The church at Philippi was one that Paul helped establish in Acts 16. From reading the book of Philippians it is apparent that they were a church that was growing and progressing in their faith. God was working on them to bring them to completion.
Philippians 1:6 is a great verse of encouragement that can be applied to all Christian. The word “complete” in this verse can also be translated “mature” or “perfect.” The idea is that God is not going to stop working on believers, progressing them in their sanctification. We will never be perfect in this life, but he will continue to work in our lives until the end (the day of Christ Jesus).
Do you feel stuck in your Christian life? Do you feel like the jigsaw puzzle that will never be completed, and is not progressing forward? Take heart, be encouraged! God has not given up on you. Surrender to him, and let him continue to do his perfecting work in your life. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Just like a jigsaw puzzle, God is continuing to bring you completion… one piece at a time.
Tony Myers is a fiction author and speaker. He and his wife, Charity, live in Waterloo, IA with their four children. He has studied Theology, Philosophy, and Biblical languages at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Emmaus Bible College. For more information visit his website at www.tonymyers.net or follow him on Twitter: @tony1myers