“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
In the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, on the sacred and sprawling grounds of a church conference center, I first read those words which the apostle Paul had penned. I was trying to figure out what God wanted me to do next: Should I stay another six weeks and earn a small stipend with room and board while working at the camp, or return home and work for more money per hour to help fund the following year’s journey in school? As a teenager, having enough money to buy a car and underwrite an education was important. However, what I needed to learn about hearing from God personally was an education that money could never buy. In the school of listening, there I was.
He showed me the verse. “He” was the man, who had been standing in the gap left by my wayward earthly father. He just happened to be there that summer, at the very crossroads of my dilemma. When I asked him what I should do, he answered with this verse, rather than processing it with many words. He was like that…few words, but the words he did utter stuck in my mind like glue, even to this day, decades later. He left me to sort out what this verse meant…and I’m still sorting it out.
One thing I do know is this: if you are breathing, God is still working in and through you to accomplish His perfect plan in your life. You can rest assured, He’s on the job right now, arranging your life and molding your future to be the consummate plan He’s already designed for you. You are not behind. You have not missed your turn. You haven’t missed your plane. He is actively shaping your next step today. And He will finish your portrait with the touch of His masterful strokes. So, sit up, stand up, lift your chin and your mind to the very place He has for you this moment. Be confident. You are His good work!