Philippians 1:1-11; Ezekiel 18; Isaiah 47
Ever get so tired that you want to give up? Maybe it was at a job that wearied you. Maybe it involved a family situation that was troubling. Maybe it was after a great spiritual victory when you used up all your strength. Paul reminded the Philippians of two things: first that he was praying for them and second that God continued to work in their lives. “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you … 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…” (Philippians 1:3,6) His prayers for the Philippians included a lot of thanksgiving. Paul wasn’t always so gracious to the churches he wrote to. (See Galatians) But he began with thanksgiving for the church because of their faith and commitment. His prayer also included a reminder that no matter how weary they might be; no matter how imperfect they might feel; God is still working in them. In fact, the truth for the Philippians was that God would continue working in them until their death or until Jesus came again. That truth holds true for all of us. No matter how discouraged, tired, weary or upset we may be – God is still working in us. At the same time, no matter how much we rejoice, no matter how proud we are, no matter how great our accomplishments – we still need God to work in us. We are an unfinished work. We can’t sit back and rest on our laurels, nor can we give up. No matter how bad or good things may be in our relationship with God, it can become better. God doesn’t give up on us. He continues molding us and forming us. He uses circumstances and people to keep making us the people we need to be. And were Paul here today, he would say “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…”
Lord, remind me that no matter how terrible things may be You continue loving and working in me. No matter how good things may be I still need to grow closer to You. Let me life be one that continuously grows and changes so that I might experience all the joy of my relationship with You.