(4) In every prayer of mine I always make my entreaty and petition for you all with joy (delight). (5) [I thank my God] for your fellowship (your sympathetic cooperation and contributions and partnership) in advancing the good news (the Gospel) from the first day [you heard it] until now. (6) And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who has began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. (Amplified Version)
Paul is addressing the Philippians in this passage. As I read his words to them, it causes me to examine my Christian life in light of who they are.
Paul so sweetly admonishes their steadfast sharing of the gospel of Christ, or as the Amplified version describes it; their “advancing the good news (the Gospel)”.
My heart and witness has been in gospel-sharing overflow mode for the past couple months. I’ve seen small evidences of progress, but have also seen the resistance because of spiritual battle.
While going back through this passage, I’ll be asking questions more so than giving definite statements. I asked God to reveal more about this passage. I think that He is. It’s causing me to ask more of this once seemingly simple Scripture.
When I think that I have a piece figured out, God; when we say, “yes, Lord”, will show up.
Reading verses 4-6 in context, I see that there is a “good work” that was being done here. What was that “good work” that God was going to complete?
The advancement of the gospel and supporting Paul’s ministry!
Guess what else!
God started it!
He’s gonna finish it.
He is not done yet!
Because we belong to Him, and the Bible is our guide in the Christian faith, those words are to us too!
What does that GOOD WORK look like in your life in light of Paul’s address to the Philippians?
Are you a mother? You advance the good news to your children.
Are you a partner in a ministry? You advance the gospel when you give monetarily and time-wise toward building God’s kingdom.
Are you a professional? Surrounded by non-believers? You advance the gospel when you lovingly and gracefully live out your faith in God. You may be the only Jesus that someone experiences.
Are you weary in doing the good work?
Allow yourself at this very moment to get your heart rate back up by looking back over what God has promised.
HE WILL COMPLETE IT!
He is not done yet!
Be as confident in it as Paul was confident of this very thing, that HE who has BEGUN a GOOD WORK in you WILL complete IT until the day of JESUS CHRIST.
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