“I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
I wonder, why are you reading these words? And why did you visit this website? I’ll venture a guess…perhaps it is because God has begun a good work in you. Said more boldly, I do believe that your reading and God’s acting are, in this case, related. Maybe it is a mere curiosity stirred somewhere deep in your soul or maybe it is something more roundly robust. You may be considering a first baby step into exploring God’s Word or even a first risk of friendship with Christians; maybe this for you is simply the next normal step in what has already been a life-long journey of following Jesus. Whatever has stirred you to read these words, notice that the confidence of the Apostle Paul centers in the fact that God is the beginner of this redemptive work and God is faithful to finish what God starts.
In the pages that follow, you find a variety of ways that other people on the faith journey are finding to keep following God – by baby steps or big leaps. We do so by actively seeking to think, love, serve, and live like Jesus. Any step forward is a rebelling against stagnation. And like footprints in the sand, each imprint marks the place where you were before you moved again. The journey is almost always messy. . . because we are messy people. But God is in the business of making beautiful things out of our messes. Even if the work of God in your life so far is only a question – could it be true? – God finishes what God starts. And the journey matters just as much as the destination. We go forward in faith – even if that faith is as small as a mustard seed. So go ahead and give yourself a pep talk: with God’s help, you can do this. Get in the game. Join company with the psalmist who said, with gritted teeth and surrounded by enemies: I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” That’s a stubborn faith-full confidence!
Back to the Apostle Paul: do you share in his confidence that God will finish what God has started in you? It is likely true even if you doubt it…God is that kind of faithful. So go ahead and take that next step. You are in good hands!
And as you go, may you find not only the joy of other people on the journey but also the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.