It’s His good work
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Hebrews 13:20-21
You are not complete without the good works God is doing in and through you. It is not just a one time thing either, this is a continual completion that is working in you over your lifetime. I love how this passage says God will make me complete! It doesn’t say He will try to or hope to bring to completion, it says He will make me complete in His good works.
This is how it plays out in my life and somehow I am just realizing it now. As I have gone through life, I have prayed and asked my Heavenly Father for help and for supply of needs along the way. Now I am finding out that these were His needs for me to complete the works He has set before me. Let me show you what I am talking about.
God has called me to be a wife, mother and employee among other things. The way to be successful at these callings is to trust God that He will supply every need I have to be successful. For example, to be a good wife I need to follow the instruction He gave in His word to respect and honor my husband. I don’t always have that in me, so I ask Him to supply me with the grace to do that in the hard times. Then I believe He will give me what I need to complete that good work to end up with the best results because I trusted Him. Here’s the most important part that is difficult for me to remember. This is not my work or my request. This is His work. He is the one first of all that has planned for me to be successful in my marriage ministry. Yes, my position as wife is a ministry that God has give me. So I don’t ask for the grace to honor and reverence my husband because it is what I need to do, it is because this is a work that He is doing through my life to bring our marriage into the most effective place in His Kingdom.
On top of all that is my complete contentment and satisfaction. This is where I find rest, this is where I find His peace and this is where His joy fills me up. In finding that I am not seeking the things of the world to complete me, I am seeking His good work in me to promote growth in His kingdom. When I ask to bring my children up in the nurture and admonition of the LORD, this is His desire for my children and I can believe that He is doing this good work through my love and support for them.
Today I want to encourage you to gain a new perspective of God’s good work in you. What ever position He has called you to in life, believe that He has a plan to make you the most successful in it. Then take a step back and realize that it is not up to you to figure it out and push to get the resources you need for that success. Instead, talk to Him about it. Find the plan in His word and believe Him to get the supplies you need to complete the job. He has placed you in that position for a purpose and He is the one who is making it all possible to accomplish it. He doesn’t want you to fail, so go ahead and start thanking Him for the victory and the process in which He will get you there.
Today’s scripture reading: Hebrews 13:18-25