His Work, Our Benefit
Verse 6 …being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Paul’s encouragement of his friends through prayer goes beyond saying they are in ministry together. How encouraging it must have been to hear his words of knowing that God would complete His good work in them. This should encourage us too.
Paul understood that it wasn’t a matter of us traveling this journey of faith on our own power. We can do nothing without the Spirit’s driving force in us. Of course we must be paying attention to and obeying His leading so that His voice remains clear to us but He doesn’t leave us to do it on our own.
Jesus had told His disciples that the Holy Spirit would help them through comforting them but He would also be at work in their lives (John 16:5-15). This is the work that helps us grow personally and it also is the work that causes growth in the body of believers in a church. This is why Paul knew it was important for his friends to remember.
But it isn’t just knowing about His work that helps us grow. This work He is doing in our lives is not about blessings coming our way. His work to make us who He desires us to be will bring us to places in life that will break us. We need to be broken of ourselves, broken of our sinful tendencies and broken of our willful spirit. We can’t be formed into who He desires us to be if we are too busy with our own desires.
As we said earlier, this isn’t just for the benefit of the individual believer but also the benefit of the entire Church. As each believer is allowing the Holy Spirit to do the honing work of sanctification in our lives, it will no doubt have an effect on those around us. This is one of the joys of being in a Church family. We can be used by the Holy Spirit to help each other grow spiritually and help the Kingdom of God grow as well.
Making It Personal
What work has the Spirit done in your life recently? Have you allowed others to help you grow spiritually? How can you help others in the Church grow?
Making It Personal Kids
How does Jesus want to see us grow? Are you wanting to grow to be more like Jesus? Do you want to help others grow to be more like Jesus?
Father, thank You for the work You do in our lives. Please continue making us more and more like You and give us the wisdom to help others grow spiritually too. In Jesus’ name, amen.