completionPhilippians 1:6 “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.”

Most of us hate incompletion. Much of our sense of security comes from knowing a task will be finished, a job will not be left undone.  Incompleteness makes us feel restless at best and frustrated at worst.  I believe this God-driven need for completeness is yet another manifestation of being created in God’s image. He is a God of completion.

This is evident from the first pages of Scripture. Genesis 2:1 says, “Thus the heavens and earth were completed in all their vast array.” God was so satisfied with the completion that he blessed the seventh day with the holiness of rest.

When God instructed Moses on how to build the tabernacle, every minute detail was followed exactly as God commanded.  “So all the work on the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, was completed. The Israelites did everything just as the Lord commanded Moses” (Exodus 39:32). The finishing work was capped with the glory of the Lord filling the sanctuary, for now it would stand as the place of His presence.

The work of redemption was completed on the cross. “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” (John 19:30). Nothing was overlooked that would need to be added later on (no matter how hard we humans try at times). It is a finished work…no amendments! Nothing in the fine print exacts future payments.

And so it is in our lives. When you are tempted to give up or give in to thoughts that your work is going nowhere, remember that the God you serve is the God of completion. He will not leave you stranded or half-baked. In fact, he wants to finish the work in us more than we do! And that’s something you and I can declare with confidence.


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