Back in May this year I finished the Belfast Marathon but I didn’t actually start it! I was part of a team of people (all of whom were much fitter than me.) We all did our bit but none of us completed the 26 point whatever miles. We did the race for a while and then stopped. In a sense we all ran for a bit and then gave up when someone else took over the responsibility of running.
The good news of the Bible is that God never gives up on us, He completes everything He starts. He doesn’t hand over responsibility for us to someone else because He never gets tired. Tonight in Fusion we were continuing our series in Philippians and thinking in particular about this encouraging part of the letter.
‘He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’
The world we live in is in a hurry: instant coffee, high-speed broadband, next-day delivery, fast track to management, express checkouts and drive through restaurants are indicators of this. The good news is that God is not in a hurry. Waiting time is not wasted time for Him or us. Chris Tomlin sings ‘Strength will rise as we WAIT upon the Lord.’ All of us are a work in progress, God has not finished with us. He will finish this work. He will not give up on us. Our job is to trust Him even when it feels like things are tough. We need to remind ourselves that it is Jesus who saved us, that it was the Holy Spirit who began this work and that God will keep us in His hand.
Maybe I’ll run the whole marathon in May 2010, it’d be great to actually start and finish the race!