God Will Finish What He Started in You
“I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6 ESV).
God always finishes what he starts—and that includes shaping your character. God has been molding your character to be like his Son’s.
You were created to be like Christ.
But here’s the best part: God will complete what doesn’t get finished in this life. He’ll finish your character and bring you to perfection in heaven.
The Bible says, “I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6 ESV).
That will be an amazing day! On that day, you’ll see Jesus face-to-face. Every neuron in your brain will go on overload. And you’ll be transformed to be like him.
All your weaknesses will be gone.
All your limps will be gone.
All your failures and frailties will be gone.
All your insecurities will be gone.
You will be transformed into perfection that day. You will totally reflect the glory of God.
Right now you’re not what you ought to be. You are only a fraction of what you will be. But God says, “That’s okay. I’m taking my time. I’m cheering you on at every stage. Just take every step with purpose, because one day I’m going to finish what I began. And you’re going to be changed instantly into my likeness.”
That will be a day like no other.
The Bible describes that day like this: “Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is” (1 John 3:2 NLT).
We have all stumbled in this race of life. All of us have struggled. But our race is not over.
One day we will see Jesus face-to-face. And we’ll never be the same again.
Talk It Over
What area of your life are you most looking forward to God perfecting when you get to heaven?
How does understanding that God will finish what he started help you develop patience in your spiritual walk?
How can God’s promise in Philippians 1:6 help someone else’s perspective? What can you do this week to share the hope of this verse with that person?
This devotional © 2019 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.