“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 1:6)
The church at Philippi was a consistent encouragement and blessing to Paul. He rejoiced every time he remembered the Philippian believers because of their participation in the gospel. He had confidence that God would complete the good work in them.
We can have the same confidence that if God begins a good work in us, then He will complete this work. When we give to the Lord’s work, we are blessed with the joy of participating in something bigger than ourselves. We can aspire to serve Him even beyond our own capabilities and talents, for God bestows good gifts on His people. When God uses a person, He does not look at the person’s skills or intelligence because God can easily grant these to whomever He chooses to use. Instead, God chooses those who cleanse themselves from iniquities and are pure in heart, who faithfully teach and practice the word of truth.
We may be intimidated by certain holy work when we regard ourselves inadequate for the duty. Maybe we are not gifted or have yet to be trained. But if we have zeal, aspiration, and a willingness to serve, God will accomplish the rest. Therefore, let us serve without worrying too much about the outcome, “for if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have” (2 Cor 8:12). We will experience joy and fulfillment in serving the Lord because the outcome of holy work is under God’s control, not ours. If we are willing to contribute whatever gifts we have received to the church community, God’s work is closer to completion (1 Pet 4:10). In the kingdom of God, service accomplishes all things.
While we strive to carry out God’s work, let us remind ourselves of the faithful work of God in us. He has chosen us to receive salvation and inspired us to participate in the gospel and do holy work. He will strengthen us continually until He accomplishes His purpose in us.