Philippians 1:6 refers to the work that God is doing in us and also then through us as we touch others with His love, grace, and mercy.
“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.”
There are two kinds of unfinished works of God:
1> There’s the work He’s doing in you: He who began a good work in you…”
2> There is the work He is doing through you: “We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
God works in us getting us ready and prepared so that He can then work through us. And we often forget that His has not finished working in us or through us yet. His incomplete work is not his final work.
Don’t be discouraged by the way something looks right now. When something’s half-finished, it lacks the clarity of a complete work. When something is half-finished, it can make you wonder what is happening or not happening. It often leads to speculation, assumptions, and uncertainty.
When a cake is half-baked, it doesn’t look that great.
We we drive by a construction site we might say, “I wonder what they are building there?”
Because that’s how half-finished projects affect us. They cause us to question what it is or why it is. It can be tempting to judge it before it’s done, but we know it’s not wise to judge a half-baked cake or a construction project while work is in process.
The incomplete works of God are the same as the half-baked cake, and the unfinished construction project. They can look odd when you are looking at them.
If you are a parent who raised your children in church and now that they are older they don’t even want to attend church, that feels odd to you. You have probably lost sleep wondering why they turned out this way.
If you’re a single person who has been putting God first, staying away from the social scene so popular with your friends at work or school, and not seeing any sign of that right person coming along, you may sometimes wonder, “Why? What’s wrong with me?”
Maybe you’ve worked hard on your education and prepared diligently for your career, but no doors are opening up in your chosen field. If so, you may be thinking it’s really odd that you have put in all this work and now have no opportunities to use the skills you acquired. Why hasn’t God opened a door for you? But sometimes roads have to close and things have to get worse before they get better.
It’s the same way when God is doing a work in us or through us. You may have heard it said before, “Delayed doesn’t mean denied!” The work He’s doing may require your patience. The only way to respond during that season is to embrace the delay, hold on to your joy, and remain confident that God will continue the work to completion.
So be confident and continue doing what you know to do. I’m not just talking about going through the motions with no sense of expectancy. I’m talking about keeping your expectations strong so that He who began a good work in you will complete it (Philippians 1:6).
There’s a verse in Acts 2 that says the disciples “devoted themselves to [their] teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).
1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray continually.”
There are some things we are to do and never stop doing. There’s power when you continue and never stop doing what you know to do, regardless of what is happening in your life:
- Continue in prayer
- Continuing attending and being an active part of God’s church
- Continue in giving your tithes and offerings to God
- Continue to proclaim God’s goodness
- Continue to be thankful
- Continue to look for and expect God’s favour in your life
When you get discouraged and the “construction” seems to be taking a long time, remind yourself that God’s not finished. Keep your whole heart in the unfinished work God is doing in you and through you!