“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6 NLT).
Jesus demands that we surrender all of our life to him. He doesn’t want a small portion of who you are. It’s like this — when you’re trying to climb out of a river that has a steep bank, you have to get a foothold on something to start the climb. And once you get the foothold, you can climb up the bank and walk all around.
Some of us, when we invited Jesus into our lives, simply gave him a foothold, but we’re resisting his efforts to step fully up onto the bank so he can fully access our lives. Jesus isn’t willing to stand there on that foothold. He wants you to give him all of your life.
You may think you’ve surrendered all of your life to him, but the truth is, you’re still hanging on to some parts of your life. Jesus isn’t upset with you. He simply wants to work with you to help you uncover areas that you still need to surrender to him.
There will be struggles and battles, but the outcome will never be in question. God has promised that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6 NIV).
GROW STRONG IN YOUR WEAKNESS . Some of My children I’ve gifted with abundant strength and stamina. Others, like you, have received the humble gift of frailty. Your fragility is not a punishment, nor does it indicate lack of faith. On the contrary, weak ones like you must live by faith, depending on Me to get you through the day. I am developing your ability to trust Me, to lean on Me, rather than on your understanding. Your natural preference is to plan out your day, knowing what will
happen when. My preference is for you to depend on Me continually, trusting Me to guide you and strengthen you as needed. This is how you grow strong in your weakness.
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make
money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little
while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
JAMES 4 : 13 – 15
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or
PROVERBS 3 : 5 (AMP)
Do you not know?
Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their
strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
ISAIAH 40 : 28 – 31
Work is Part of God’s Plan
Your work can be an act of worship. No matter what you do, it’s never just a job if you are a believer. This is because God designed you with talents, gifts and interests that He wants used for His glory.
You are custom-made. There’s nobody like you in the whole world. And the gifts, the abilities, the talents, even the interests you have — they were genetically encoded into you by God. God made you with a specific mission in mind — and He wants you to use the gifts he’s given you in your work.
The Bible says you are God’s workmanship. The Greek word used for workmanship is poema. That’s where the English word poem comes from — you are God’s poem! You are God’s work of art. You are God’s masterpiece.
Your work is part of God’s plan for your life and that is why, as you work, you worship God.