Some people hear the gospel and decide to accept Christ as the Lord and Savior of their life; running to Him with wild abandon and excitement, full steam ahead and no looking back. Others hear the message and ask questions, consider, and study; then with deliberation and thought they carefully and quietly, without struggle, accept His grace.
However, there are others who want to have the exuberance of the first group but seem to be more like the second group. Unlike the second group they do struggle. They want to, and often do, believe this wonderful gift is available but perhaps not for them. They are held back by thoughts of the past, its regrets and failures; thinking this is one more thing, one more person they will fail.
These lost souls are believing lies whispered in their ears by the greatest of deceivers. They need to know that they will not fail because it is God who has begun the work in them. It began at the cross for all people, and begins in the person when they say yes to Him, the day of their salvation.
When God begins something He does not leave it unfinished! He begins a work, a good work, in each of us, giving us the responsibility to continue the good work. Yes, we have work to do, and we may stumble and even fall while doing it, but we will not fail because God is the one who is making it perfect and finishing it.
He does not quit or give up. He will make it happen. He will not fail. He will do what He has promised.
And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ (right up to the time of His return), developing (that good work) and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. Philippians 1:6 (Amplified Bible)
Where we were was the beginning–the first day. Where we are is on the journey–this life. Where we will be is in His presence–the last day.
I wonder where I would be today if this was never explained to me? I wonder who I know that is struggling and needs to hear this as badly as I did?