This devotional is based on Philippians 1:1-11
Sometimes it seems that way in our relationship with God, doesn’t it? At first you think, “Oh, this will be easy, and life will only get better from here.” Then, cold reality sets in. Devotions become just another thing on that ever-growing to do list, and you wonder if having a relationship with God is even that important. What do you do then?
Fortunately, God doesn’t expect you to finish what you didn’t start. See, it wasn’t you who initiated the relationship between you and God—at least that’s not how it’s supposed to work. God loved you first, and you simply responded to that love. So actually, it was God who initiated the relationship.
Paul says, “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). What does that mean? It means that God started working, and because He started it, He will keep working until it’s finished.
You don’t have to stress out! Relax. Take a deep breath. Now talk to God and work with Him to schedule in a time when you can meet and spend some quality time together every day. As you give Him what you can, He will do the work. He promises to finish what He started.
Does that mean you don’t have to work at all? Yes, and no. Yes, you won’t be doing the work. No, you won’t be doing the work on your own. Paul explains in another letter that “Christ in you” is “the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). “I no longer live,” he explains, “Jesus Christ now lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). These three passages all point to one thing we have largely forgotten. We don’t do the work if Jesus is living inside of us. If He’s living in me, then He is actually doing the “work.”
Interested in that kind of a relationship with God? Just ask Him about it. He’s been waiting for you to ask for a while! All you have to do is let Him take over. That can be hard, but in the end, it’s completely worth it!
You can’t finish it, but He can. And by the way, I hear He’s happy to help with homework if you want!
Senior Theology Major
Pacific Union College