From Pastor’s Desk:
…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; Phil. 1:6 NKJV
There is a hidden truth in this verse, that being, He will complete it as long as we allow Him to. He must have full access to do so. Not just a part. Partial obedience, in actuality, is disobedience. The person who holds back something, rather than giving all, is walking in disobedience and therefore God cannot do in that life what He longs to do.
The process is not easy. It necessitates faith, trust, obedience, self-discipline, and willingness to lay aside anything and everything within us and completely submit to His will. Some will say, “I am not sinning.” That may very well be the case, but from Scripture we learn that the slightest thing in our lives that we hold back from God can become a “stumbling-block” and ultimately become a “god” to us, and cause us to go in directions that are not pleasing to God.
There’s that “free will” thing that we humans have to confront from time to time. You know, that thing that God left intact when He no longer allowed Adam and Eve to life in the Garden of Eden, that thing that got them in trouble in the first place, that thing that made them want something that God said they couldn’t have, that thing that they partook of anyway, and got them displaced from a place of Utopia, a place of perfection.
Maybe that’s the place God wants to bring us to again. Maybe that’s why He designed the Plan of Salvation so that we could be brought back again. Maybe that’s the “good work” He wants to complete in us, and will, as we allow Him to do what He needs to do in our lives, and hold nothing back.