Work in Progress

By Pastor Mark Jordan

[I am] “confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6, NIV)

This is a verse that has been heavy on my mind lately. I’ve used it as a reminder for myself and others with whom I’ve shared in some counseling and pastoral conversation.

All too often we judge ourselves based on our perceived idea of the finished product. This can leave you feeling discouraged, despondent, and depressed when you aren’t as far as you believe you should be. If you get too far down the path, you might just choose to stop and abandon it altogether. Don’t.

Today’s verse gives the promise that God isn’t finished with you yet. He isn’t! And it looks like He won’t be until the day of Jesus. Does this mean you should stop striving to be your best? Nope, but what it does mean is you can give yourself some mercy along the way, knowing that God isn’t finished with you yet.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for not giving up on me. I know I can get discouraged when I realize how far I still have to go, but there is gracious mercy knowing you are cheering me along the way. I praise you for this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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