Philippians 1:6 And 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. (NLT)
It’s always important to pause and dig into a verse if something in it doesn’t make sense to you or challenges you in some way. It could be the Holy Spirit trying to teach you.
For me, what caught my attention, and was honestly hard for me to accept, was that Paul called the work “good” before he called it “finished”.
Typically a work half done is NOT good. A doctor who provides a diagnosis but no prescription is not good doctor. A cook who serves semi raw meat is not a good cook.
Yet Paul says what’s happening within you is good, even though it’s not done.
It may be difficult, especially in the pressure-perfect world we live in (due in part to the influence of social media) but I believe that we need to learn to embrace the unfinished parts of our lives the same way Paul did (see Romans 7:15-20 and 1 Timothy 1:15).
It’s important to note that he’s not celebrating sin or weakness here. What he’s celebrating is God’s grace and the process of sanctification (that’s the Holy Spirit helping us to be more like Jesus over time).
He’s celebrating the fact that God does not get intimidated by our flaws, He gets involved in them. He works on them, in them, and through them, and that’s what brings Him glory.
So maybe just once we should post about our faults? The things we don’t like about ourselves, the things that make us look bad, but make God look good. Because He’s using an imperfect person like us anyway, and that’s what’s good. Not just the person we’re becoming, but the process that we’re in - THE GOOD WORK WITHIN.
Here, I’ll go first:
“I’m an unfinished man. I wrestle with comparison and doubt. Sometimes when I’m looking over at someone else’s “green grass” I wonder if my yard will ever look the same. God help me be better. Help me to trust in you. Help me to know that my work is “good” as long as it’s your work. Help me to choose to focus on your work, and not my work. Yes, I choose to focus on you, the potter, while you continue to work on me. I’m not insecure, I’m just unfinished” (Philippians 1:6). #UnfinishedJourney
Here’s my challenge to you - share something like this on Social Media sometime soon. End with what your wrestling with and give it an “unfinished” perspective. And use the hashtag #UnfinishedJourney
Because what if your weakness becomes someone else’s strength?
What if your unfinished place, becomes the place where someone else can “finally finish”?