I used to enjoy craft projects of various kinds – cross-stitch, sewing, crochet, beadwork. I have many that are in various stages of incompletion. I’m good at starting things, but not so good at finishing them. That is why I love Philippians 1:6: “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” God always finishes what He starts, and He finishes it well. The creation account in Genesis 1 is a great example. At the end of every day, the Scripture says: “God saw that it [His work] was good.” At the end of the week, “God saw that it was very good.
Paul says that God “began a good work” in us. What was that good work? Salvation. The restoration of our relationship with Him. And with it the transformation of our lives, that is sanctification – working to make us more like Jesus, “to be conformed to the likeness of His Son” (Romans 8:29). God’s purpose is to make sinful creatures into holy sons and daughters. It is a life-long work that will only be completed when we are united with Christ. But here’s the important point to remember: it will be completed. It will be accomplished. God’s good work in you and me will be finished and it will be “very good.”
I hope that is as encouraging to you as it is to me. Salvation and the transformation of my life are not up to me and my ability to get the job done. I have boxes full of unfinished projects to prove that I can’t pull this off by myself. And neither can you. But God has a cross and an empty tomb to prove that He can. He has the power and the vision to accomplish this good work. And He will prove Himself faithful. Paul said that it is God Himself that will sanctify us “through and through” (*). It is He who will keep us, “spirit, soul, and body blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (*) Beloved, You and I are not “unfinished projects.” We are divinely designed and destined by God to accomplish His “good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2) – to be like His Son. “The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24*).