Posted by: pastortomvabeach | October 30, 2017

Thought for the Week November 5, 2017

I was absent from Christian Chapel on Sunday because I had been asked to speak at the anniversary service of another church in Virginia Beach. I’m sure that Pastor Doug, Pastor Mike, and Pastor Cheryl, along with all the other faithful servants in the church kept everything together and the Lord was there with you.

As I reflected on what to share at an anniversary celebration, I was reminded of what Paul wrote to the church in Philippi, I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns (Philippians 1:6 New Living Translations).

How often do you take the time to remember the “good work” that God has done in and for you in Jesus Christ? Paul knew what that good work was all about. He was once so far from God that he described himself this way, I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God (I Corinthians 15:9); I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man (I Timothy 1:13). In fact, it was on the road to Damascus, when Paul (then Saul) was searching for believers to arrest, that the grace of God exploded on him. Jesus, Himself, confronted Saul and changed his assignment, sending him to preach the gospel to the Gentiles of the world.

Paul says this all happened because of God’s grace: But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved (Ephesians 2:4-5). Knowing personally the unmatched gift of grace given to him by Jesus Christ, Paul understood how wonderful a work Jesus also did for the Philippians. I hope that you also grasp how wonderful a work He has done for you. Where would you be today and where would you be headed if it were not for the grace of God given to you through Jesus Christ?

And the fantastic part is that He not only starts that good work, but He is onboard for the long haul, to walk with you throughout your life and to complete the work of making you over into His own image. Jesus told the apostles in Matthew 28:20 that He would be with them until the end of the age. He also sent us the Holy Spirit to teach us everything we need to grow in our relationship with Him (John 14:26). Peter tells us that the Lord has given us everything that we need in life that relates to life and godliness so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire (II Peter 1:4).

Because of these and other great and precious promises throughout God’s Word, I can say with great confidence that I am convinced that the work Jesus has done in you will be accomplished. It won’t be accomplished by you, although He wants you to work with Him in making it happen (see Ephesians 2:10). That work, that good work, will be completed by the power of Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit in you working to make you all that He wants you to be.

Listen to what Paul says in II Corinthians 3:18, all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. Did you catch who it is that is making us more like Jesus? It’s the Lord! Could we ask for anything better in life? All we have to do is surrender to His working, let Him transform us, and He will complete the work. Are you letting Jesus do His work in you? If not, what is holding you back? That good, good work is you being prepared for eternity in heaven. Here’s a thought – let Him!


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