While singing with the congregation on Sunday morning, I learned a new (for me) song that has a line “He’s gonna finish what He started in our lives.” I thought it was a nice song as a whole, but that part has been playing through my mind over and over ever since. Yesterday, I was minding my own business and suddenly I heard it again, “The Lord is going to finish the good work He has started in you.” It was one of those moments in which I thought, OK, God, are you trying to tell me something? Maybe I should pay attention.” Well, I soon forgot and continued about my own business. Today, I was reading my ever-spiritual Facebook feed. What caught my eye? A post from my very favorite author, Ann Voskamp. She wrote:
Hey, soul? So Life has a million question marks — but you always have one Certainty: You can be certain that God’s good work in you never stops, even when things look bad. You may be bone tired, but God never stops working tirelessly to make your soul a masterpiece. “And I am *certain* that God, who began the *good work* within *you*, will *continue* His work until it is finally *finished*”…Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
Yes, God is telling me something. I am ready to listen. What has God started in me? He has started so may good works I couldn’t count them all. He started with salvation, a continual journey of faith perfection and character development. He started fashioning me to be a wife to my Mexican Man, which is always a work in progress, and will be until He finishes that work (He promised!). He has started the good work of motherhood (why does He take on so many projects?). Then there is the good work of being a sister, daughter, discipler, minister, worker, etc. What has he started in me? Much.
When I took the time to think about that verse, I was taken aback by the diligence and love of God. He has so much work to finish! But, unlike me, when he picks up the tools to do something, He is 100% committed to finishing it. In comparison, I leave so many projects undone, unfinished, collecting dust. Perhaps diligence is another good work that God is continuing in me. 🙂
I grabbed a pen after reading Ann’s post and jotted down in my Gifts Journal (basically a running list I keep of all the gifts God gives) He will finish what He has started. I thanked Him for that gift.
This just excites me and makes me feel secure in the Savior’s love because I know that even though I haven’t arrived; even though the mirror doesn’t reflect a perfected, finished work when I stand before it… He is still working on me! He will finish what He’s started.
What is God continuing in you? Thank Him for not throwing in the towel; for never laying down the tools. Thank Him for continuing.
Sidenote: If anyone wants to learn to live fully by living a life of gratitude, I recommend reading Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. This post was not meant to be a plug, but I referenced her and honestly, my life is changing just by learning the principle of gratitude. Believe it or not, I am not as high-strung and stressed as I used to be. I am confident that this is part of God’s continued work in me.