Philippians 1:3-6 (NLT)
3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
13Paul tells the Philippians of his confidence: God will not leave them half-grown in their relationship with Christ. Salvation is the first step to growth – but it is not the last step. God will expand on our fledging faith until it matters into even deeper levels of union with Christ.
The initial joy we each embrace upon discovering Christ sometimes seems absent in the first real crisis we face following our conversion. This crisis may also prompt feelings of abandonment by God, feelings that steal our peace and rob us of confidence.
But God makes it clear that we are to remember that all His promises remain in place – even during our seasons of doubt. Peace is always as near as our confidence in the promise in Philippians 1:6. He who started a good work in us will not walk off and leave the job half finished. He will perform His work right up until the time our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
Our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ stimulates our confidence in God’s finishing work in us. God spent the blood of His Son to purchase our salvation, and He is committed to our continuing maturity. He longs to see in every new Christian the same thing every good mother wants to see in her babies: growth.
A good mother wants her babies to grow. She – like our loving heavenly Father – will love those babies whether they grow or not, but she longs to see them come to maturity as responsible adults. I know a mother whose second son was born mentally impaired. Unlike her first son who matured, went to school, and obtained a good job and independent life, her second son remained dependent all of his life. He was never able to feed himself, and he never outgrew diapers. The mother spent equal amounts of love on both sons, yet was never rewarded by maturity in her second son. She experienced the child’s love in other ways that brought her joy, but she never knew the joy of watching him grow up.
God longs for us to grow up. We are His children, heirs with His Son. He wants our confidence to bring us peace in any circumstance. Our maturity brings joy to God and peacefulness to our own lives.