“And 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.” Phil.1:6, ESV
Thank God! Jesus is able to complete what he started in my life. It’s not up to me. Although most of the time I have the best intentions, sometimes I still blow it. An unkind word pops out of my mouth or an uncharitable look shows up on my face or my attitude just plain stinks! Before I understood this business of God completing His work in my life, I used to go on some pretty miserable guilt trips. Misunderstanding the concept of holiness, I expected perfection all the time. From myself, and from others, too; it was very disappointing when I perceived faults in a godly person. But the work of perfection belongs to Jesus, not me.
That doesn’t mean, though, that I get to just bee-bop along, doing whatever I feel like. That would just be wrong. I must cooperate with God and exercise self-control – which is also His work in me.
I find so much help in Phil. 2:13: “...it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” When I was trying to do the “work” of holiness, I failed constantly. And it didn’t help much when I tried to change my “will” by my own efforts. When I finally realized that God wants to do the work of changing my will as well as my actions, then I was able to let go and let Him get the work done. And I am longing for the day it will be brought to completion.
God bless you!