He who began a good work in you will carry it on to comple-tion until the day of Christ Jesus.
How is it that we have the power and know-how to put someone on the moon, but we cannot get along with our neighbors, family, or coworkers, or we can’t overcome our weaknesses or addictions?
Sometimes we act as if we are powerless and the situation is hopeless: “I couldn’t help myself.”
But we need not go down in defeat.
The Christ of Christmas came not only to save us in our sin but also to save us from our sins. Jesus is Mighty God, come to bring us new life in his transforming power. He is at work in us, bringing forgiveness, renewal, and empowerment.
Our passage describes God’s children as being rescued “from the dominion of darkness” and brought into “the kingdom of light.” In this way God calls us to live worthy and pleasing lives for our Savior. Our lives can be fruitful and flourishing.
This passage challenges us to responsibility but also reminds us that the source of our power and victory is God, “being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might.”
We need not despair but can be confident that almighty God, who began his good work in us, will bring it to completion.
Mighty God, we surrender our lives to you. Thank you that we need not go down in defeat. Fill us with your power, that we may live a life worthy of you, our Savior. Amen.
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