July 18, 2011


Philippians 1:3-11

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6


“Someday I’ll be sitting in your chair.”

That’s what a young man said a few years ago while seated with the leadership of our church as he professed his faith in Jesus Christ. The young father had recently come to faith, and he was pointing all of us to the future. He was looking forward to the continuing experience of God’s work in his life, work by which God would prepare him to assume, someday, responsibilities in the church.

A few years later, having been entrusted with a leadership role in our church, he joyfully reminded me of that statement. It was deeply satisfying to see that God was surely at work in this young man. The Spirit of the Lord had been carrying on the work in this man’s life toward its eventual completion. His story is a reminder that God is doing the same with each of us.

Where, besides the Christian community, can you see so regularly the unfolding beauty of God’s transformational work in people’s lives? Paul saw it in the Philippian congregation, and it gave him thankfulness and great joy.

Today, may God give you an awareness of the way in which he is working in your life to bring you to greater maturity as Christ’s disciple.

Thank you, Father, for your ongoing work in our lives through your Spirit. Open our eyes to your work in us and in others so that we may be led into joyful wonder and praise. Amen.

About the author — David Den Haan

Pastor Dave Den Haan has served at Fairway Christian Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan, since 1999. Previously he served a church in Minnesota. Dave and his wife, Connie, have three children.

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