Bible Bites

Bible Bites

The Upward Road

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

            Jesus isn’t a quitter.  When you committed yourself to Him, He committed Himself to you.  As Paul says later in this letter, Jesus has “laid hold of” His people (see Php 3:12), and His desire is to perfect us into what we are meant to be.

            The perfecting process of the saints is referred to by many different names – “refining”, “disciplining”, “sharpening”, and “renewing” to name a few.  The picture is of an ever-upward spiral along the way of Christ that leads us both to a heavenly destination and a honing of our inner man.

            Character flaws such as selfishness, greed, malice, pride, and cowardice are driven out by the heat of trial, and the Christ-like virtues of service, joy, self-control, fortitude, love, and faithfulness are infused deep into the fibers of our being through the Word and work of the Lord.

            This process of perfection is what you are meant for, and I am confident that Jesus will finish the work He began in you.  Your story isn’t over yet.  What you are meant to be is further ahead down the road.  Don’t quit – press on.  Let Him refine you and renew you.

Matthew 4:4 #Biblebites