I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 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. Philippians 1:3-6
One pursuit of life every human partakes in is the pursuit of completion. I rarely have conversations with people who are joyful because they never completed school, projects, ideas or a host of other activities. There is a special rush that comes with completing the goals we set. Those moments of completion provide a brief relief that we can sit in and see the evidence of our hard work.
When we are in the midst of it we sometimes cannot see the end. Ever had one of those projects or ideas? You start all excited and committed, then you experience a few roadblocks, and you feel as though completion is never going to be a reality.
I have experienced several projects where I felt as though completion would never arrive. My most recent and current project is writing a book. I have a rough draft and I am currently working through it to hopefully bring it to completion this year, but it has been far from easy. I have had roadblocks pop up left and right. With each roadblock I want to toss up my hands and invest my time elsewhere. Thankfully my drive to complete is greater than my choice to give up so I am pushing along.
While our projects and idea may differ, I believe the one area we all desire for completion is in ourselves. I feel as though we can look around at what is going on in the world and be able to see something is broken. Every day I face desires, temptations and choices that remind me of how incomplete I am.
When I have those days and those moments of incompleteness, I am encouraged by the words of Paul, “...He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” It is tempting for us to pursue completion from this life, and every time we attempt to we are left with our incompleteness. I love my wife and I do not deserve her, but even on her best days she cannot be the one who completes me, only Jesus can.
Jesus started His work of completing you and I long before we even realized we were incomplete. Jesus chose death on the cross so sin would no longer be able to hold us back. Jesus came back from the grave and ascended to Heaven in order to leave us His Holy Spirit. His Holy Spirit works in us to help us get closer to completion. Paul puts it this way, “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete.” (Colossians 2:10).
Our true life of completeness is awaiting us in Heaven when we are fully restored to God’s design. In no way should this promise keep us from pursuing completeness here on earth. Today’s passage should remove the pressure of perfection in our lives. Jesus started the work and Jesus will be the one who completes it. For us, this means we become more complete by pursuing Him rather than completion by itself.
When I am able to complete something in my life I certainly celebrate a bit. I think of all the hard work, sweat and time it took to get to this place. Thankfully, for my own completion I will not have to look back and think of all the work, sweat and time I put into it, I get to look at how I pursued Jesus. I see the definition of completion when I see Jesus, and I get to inch my way closer to completion when I inch closer to Jesus.
What thoughts come to mind when you think about being complete? What do you believe this looks like in your life?
How does Jesus model completeness? How relieving is it to know Jesus starts and completes the work of completion in our lives?
In what areas do you need to stop pursuing completion, and rather pursue Jesus?
Father, thank you for beginning, being in the middle of, and finishing the process of completion in my life. I pray I would continue to look to You, knowing completion only comes through You. You complete me, and You have promised to finish the work You began in my life. I cannot wait to stand before You in completion one day, but until then I will continue to pursue You. I love You Father, and pray in Your holy name, Amen.
PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.