I find myself over and over again pointing out my imperfections. I listened to a song that reminded me that God isn’t finished with me yet. The song reminded me of a passage in Philippians, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:3-6).
First this passage brought up two of my very dear friends and sisters-in-Christ that I just spent the weekend with. I thank God for having them in my life and who truly bring me joy even when there is pain because they truly love me. And like me, they are also imperfect, but they have a beauty that is difficult to describe. They are both beautiful women in the eye of beholders in a worldly way. But their true beauty lies in who they are in Christ, and how much love they share. So I am thankful today for their fellowship, their love, and I’m excited to see what the Lord continues to do through them for His glory.
Also, in listening again to this song, I’m reminded that those we come across that know the Lord are still imperfect because He continues to refine us as long as we are in this world, and we aren’t made perfect until we are with Him. It is HIS work that perfects us, but only because we believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who came to this earth to show us how to walk with the Lord, and died for our sin and is raised now with the Father for our salvation, which is His saving grace He gives to us as a gift upon true belief. When we repent from our sin, die to our selves, and submit ourselves to Him, He make us new creations in Christ. For those who are still imperfect, and for those who have chosen to not come to Him by faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are to keep everyone in our prayers. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess 5:16-18)
Bart Millard said of this song, “In saying that He’s faithful to complete the work He started, His covenant/promise is as good as done. Until I finally get to heaven I am complete and I am whole but I’m still in this sorry body that keeps withering away everyday that I take a breath. There will come a time when I am completely new in Christ when this is all done. I think that no matter what comes in life and we struggle with the flesh, the beautiful promise is that Christ said, ‘I’m not giving up on you. I made a promise to you and I’m gonna be there through it all and at the end you’re gonna be blown away. Everybody may walk out, but I’m not, I’m gonna finish the work that I started in you.'”
To know that you will go through hard times
It’s just part of life
Don’t let that moment blind you
And don’t let it define you
Take heart, that’s not who you are
And to be faithful until the end
And finish what He started
Grace comes like a flood
There’s hope to carry on
He’ll finish what he started
No matter what you face
His mercy will not change
He’s with you all the way
He’ll finish what He started
So there’s no need to give
Into the lie, you’re disqualified
He is faithful to complete it
The promise was sealed when He cried out
It is finished.