Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
The foundation for our spiritual growth is our recognition that our Creator, who began a good work in us through salvation, will bring that work to completion through sanctification. We need to look back at what He’s already done so that we can remember how good He’s been and keep in mind that He’s faithful and will remain active in our lives. We can have confidence that God will never let us go.
Sometimes we need to act on what we know to be true instead of what feels true at any given moment. Feelings are a big part of who we are since we’re spiritual beings, but they can often be misleading. When it feels like God isn’t living up to His promises, but we know that He’s faithful and won’t let us go, we need to rely less on feeling and more on what we know to be true.
One way we know that we can rely on God is though His Word. Story after story is documented of His faithfulness to His people. This, along with the evidence in our own stories, gives us hope that He will indeed complete the work that He began.
———- Reflect on where you were spiritually 5 years ago, 2 years ago, one year ago. Think about how much God has done to develop you into the person He created you to be.
Hebrews 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Ministry: This is the work of your hands. The things you choose to do. One who’s been transformed works as though they’re working for the Lord and not for man. If you’re transformed, you care about what God wants you to do more than about your hobbies and personal ambitions. You set to work for what matters, not just for what you want.
I’ve often heard pastors talk about how God wants our time, our talents, and our treasures. These are all related to the hands. With our hands we can hold on to things, or we can share things. We can use our talents for ourselves or for God. We can spend our time doing selfish things or on things that matter. Where are you spending your most valuable assets?
I did a lot of fruitless things in my life before realizing what the Lord wanted me to do. The problem was I was trying to do things without allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through me. Nothing was succeeding because of my unwillingness to submit and trade what I wanted for what He wanted. When I finally recognized that His way is better, I traded in false gods and gained purpose.
When we submit our ministry, God gives us duties to accomplish. We all want to do something worthwhile, but what God gives us to do is far greater than anything we can think up.
1 Thessalonians 1:3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we’re all called to serve. We serve God by doing the things He’s planned for us, and we serve others as well. If we strive to keep the two greatest commands (Matthew 22:37-40), we’ll be doing a lot of serving.
To an outsider, it may seem like all Christians do is work their tails off. If we follow the Bible’s guidance to put others before ourselves (Philippians 2:3), do all of the “unto one another” things listed, and work “as though working for God and not for man” (Colossians 3:23), it could sure seem that way. The thing is, though, when you’re working for the Lord, it doesn’t feel like work at all.
The Apostle Paul knew this better than anyone. He poured out his life as an offering (2 Timothy 4:6) without complaint because he knew every sacrifice he could make for the Lord was worth it. It wasn’t just him either. Paul acknowledged the hard work and service of the people in the churches to whom he wrote. He reminded them that they were working out their faith and that they labored in love, as well as that they were showing their hope in Jesus Christ by doing what they did.
You’ll never know who’s being blessed by your service for the Lord. Your labor of love could be what brings someone to know Him. Keep up the hard work!