He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus Philippians 1:6
“What do you want to be when you grow up? I was often asked that question as a child… Now as a dad of four kids, I think of how difficult for them to be asked that question. There are times when I want to say, “I know what you’ll be great at!” Parents can sometimes see more in their children than the children can see if themselves.” Glenn Packiam
As our heavenly Father, God sees more to us than we do. He knows the end and what we are growing up into. He is not one to leave us on our own, but has left us everything we need to reach completion in Jesus on that day he arrives or we’re taken into God’s loving embrace.
Sometimes I look back on my near past and I wonder, “Am I making any progression towards completion? Am I being changed?” Sometimes I get incredibly discouraged because I wish I was making greater progression towards holiness and obedience to the God who saved me.
Sometimes, it’s because of my disobedience that I’m not making any progression. I’ve stopped praying, stopped reading my bible, stopped reflecting on the gospel and how it has saved me. In those times I must once again, turn around (repent) and come back to the God I love and submit my life once again under the authority of Jesus.
Sometimes, I just need to take an even closer look at my life and see what God has been doing in my life. What lessons am I incorporating into my life that I didn’t have just a couple years ago? In what ways have I been humbled and am continuing to learn?
In these times of discouragement, it’s so good to have that reminder that God started a work and is faithful to complete it.
Prayer of the Day: “Dear Jesus, You’re in charge of my story. It’s not up to me to make it happen. I surrender my life to You. Help me to trust You.”
Parkland Community Church:
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William ConLead Pastor
William has been the Lead Pastor of
Parkland Community Church since Nov. 2018