God: Begins and Completes

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. 

—Philippians 1:16

Tom Steller, a pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN, said this about the verse above, in a sermon, “God Finishes What He Starts”:

fix copierThis makes me think of our Xerox machine in the church office. If that machine were human, I’m sure it would testify to the vast superiority of having a trained technician fix it, than when the staff putzes around with it and tries to get it unstuck. We just have a vague idea of how it works, so when it breaks down, we poke it with pencils or we gently bang on it or we just all stand around it and scratch or heads. But when the trained technician comes, he patiently takes it apart and goes right to the heart of the problem. That’s how God is. He made, he knows us, he knows what the problems are, and rolls up his sleeves and fixes us at the core of our being.

Yes, God is at work in us to will and to do what pleases him. He who began a good work in us will complete it at the day of Jesus Christ.

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