A Good Work

I’m so excited about the sermon series that Pastor Bryon has started. The life group that I was in finished our study on Philippians a few weeks ago, so I know that this is going to be so great! (Also, shameless plug: Life Groups begin May 3rd! Make sure to sign up for one. If ever there was a time where true community is needed the most, it’s now!)

The book of Philippians is a letter written to the church in Phillipi by Paul, who at the time, many scholars believe, was on house arrest. He was in quarantine when he wrote this letter to the church in Phillipi. Paul wasn’t a stranger to isolation and uncertain times. He wasn’t a stranger to being put in situations where the outcome looked dismal. However, I think it’s so cool how his circumstance never tainted the perspective he had. Paul had faith that the good work that was started in the church in Phillipi, because it was divine in its origin and tied to the very goodness of God, would be completed. “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue to work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6, NLT)

I think it’s absolutely pertinent for us believers the cling to this truth, especially in this time. It takes real faith to believe with a boldness that the good work that has been started in us will be completed. The truth is there are a lot of people who are hurting right now. There are people who have lost jobs. There are people who have lost loved ones. My heart breaks. If you have lost your job or know someone who has lost their life due to what is going on, I grieve with you.

What if we had the perspective that Paul had, that even in the midst of hardship, the good work that has begun in us, in those who trust in Christ as their savior, that it will be completed. The good work isn’t stopped because of what’s going on; in fact, it is still happening. There are souls that are being won for the Lord, people are being saved, God's goodness is still moving.
If we cling to the very perspective that Paul had I think we would be more apt to operate knowing that in the end, when all is said and done, it will be good; I think our day to day lives would look a lot different.

Fellow follower, I know times are really hard, but I also know that God is good and because He is good this story that we’re living ends in victory. So let’s pray as if we’ve won, let’s love as if we’ve won, let’s give as if we’ve won, let’s worship as if we’ve won, and let’s walk as if we have won...because He has won. This good work that began when we decided to follow Jesus will be completed...and in the end, it’s still good.

by Beatrice Anyanwu
Beatrice was born in Nigeria but has called Pennsauken, NJ home for the majority of her life. She is the oldest of 4 and is currently a college student studying Biology (of all things!). She started attending Kingsway in 2009 with her family and started serving when she was a student in REVO. Beatrice loves books, so when you see her, ask her what she’s currently reading! Although she loves science and the arts, Beatrice has a passion for younger generations coming to know and engage in authentic relationship with Jesus.