Today’s Reading: Philippians 1-4
Today’s Reflection: Philippians 1:6
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.
It’s interesting to look at children. Most of them are filled with energy, creativity, hopefulness and joy. Their lives of play are not at all frivolous—just ask a child, even though it may be all fun and games they take play very, very seriously. They create worlds with just their imagination. They seem to believe anything is possible.
Then look at adults. Most of them are not filled with energy, creativity, hope or joy. Most of them are resigned to fairly mundane lives, reduced to making due with providing the necessities for themselves and their families. They may hope for change or wish for change, but they’re not likely to believe anything different than what they’re currently experiencing is possible.
Something happens in between childhood and adulthood. Someone tells you your dreams are impossible or stupid. That your passions and interests won’t get you a job, be an accountant (or lawyer, or banker) instead. That the world is the way it is and trying to change it is foolish or a waste of time.
So most adults are crushed children—energy depleted, creativity ignored, hopes dashed, and joy nowhere to be found.
This is not what God intends for you.
The things He put in you, the things that once emerged as the dreams and wishes of a child, are things He Himself will call forth. Like Moses, who dreamed of liberating his people, Israel, from Egypt. He tried to do it in his own strength, by committing murder, but wound up a fugitive forced to flee. 40 years later, when Moses was certain those dreams were long dead, God called them forth and truly made him the liberator he had always wanted to be.
God finished the work He started in Moses. He wants to do the same thing with you.
Reclaim the dreams God has given you, find your energy, embrace your creativity—it is the mark of the Creator God in who’s image you have been made, let the grace of God through Jesus Christ restore your hope, let the life of the spirit bring you true joy, joy the world and it’s dream-crushing ways cannot steal from you.
Most often when we see this text we think of purely spiritual implications—God completing the sanctifying work of God’s grace through Jesus Christ in order to prepare us for His kingdom. But in addition to saving us into eternity, God wants us to experience lives of power, purpose, peace and joy here and now. Without question, salvation is the most important thing for without that we have no future. But God desires that all things will go well in our lives.
3 John 1:2 – Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
All of the potential in your life, including the things you think are lost or forgotten, are things God wants to finish in you.