No, not that sappy “you complete me” Jerry Maguire line (I’ve never even seen the movie). But complete as in, “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ” (Philippians 1:6). I’ve been thinking a lot about why Paul wrote to the Philippians, and what he wanted to get across in his letter to his fellow Believers.
I keep wondering, “What is this good work that God began in them, and what does it look like for it to be brought to completion?” A few verses later, Paul says:
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God (Phil 1:9-11, ESV).
What began to stick out to me was Paul’s emphasis on “the day of Christ” — this future day to which he is looking forward so expectantly. With that as the common thread, it seems like Paul’s image of completion is for Believers to be pure, blameless and filled with the fruit of righteousness (which became possible when God granted us salvation and started His “good work” in us).
The assurance, the hope, and the goal, then, all revolve around the day of Christ. But how often, though, do I think about that day? I get so focused on getting through the next day, the next week, with all its anxiety and trials and to do’s. When do I think about eternity and what really matters in this life? Continue reading