I had just been released from the hospital after a life-threatening experience with sepsis when I was visited by a friend who said, “Evidently God isn’t finished with you yet!”
He laughed as he said it, and I responded in a similar vein with, “I guess you’re right!” The conversation promptly moved on to other topics—but the thought endured, and ever since then it has never been far from my consciousness…
Number one, the thought that God isn’t finished with me presupposes that He started at some point.
The apostle Paul tells us that is true: “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” (Philippians 1:6).
This speaks to the glorious news that God takes initiative in people’s lives, opens their eyes, softens their hearts, clarifies their minds, and touches their wills so that their hearts welcome the presence of the living God through the Holy Spirit. But this is only the beginning.
Two, the thought that God is doing a work in me points to His abiding presence and His continued activity in me until completion on “the day of Christ Jesus.”
John tells us, “What we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). If the completed work is people like me ultimately being made like Jesus, then I’m still a work in progress. And I’m so thankful the Lord continues His work.
Three, the thought that God will carry His good work in me to completion speaks to His continuing presence in my life.
To the children of Israel who were poised to enter the Promised Land, Moses said, “The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
And to the disciples just before His ascension the risen Jesus said, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
Number four, the thought that God’s work in me has been commenced, is being continued, and will be completed fills me with confidence. This isn’t worldly self-confidence, but supreme confidence in who God is and what He’s doing.
And five, the thought that God’s presence is promised to the very end of the age fills me with assurance.
Don’t confuse this with arrogance—because it is certainly not that. Instead, it is the quiet, calm conviction that nothing will “separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:39).
God isn’t finished with me yet and He’s still giving me opportunities to honor Him by finishing well.
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