I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Remember the children’s song, “Jesus loves me, this I know?” It says, “I am weak, but He is strong.” That sums up basically what Paul is saying in his letter to the church at Philippi.
Paul is writing from prison, encouraging the church to continue in strength. Paul is saying his chains are instruments of grace. Without them, how would the guards know of Christ? In this letter, he stresses that his imprisonment is furthering the gospel—and the other believers are partners in this victory.
What we might see as weakness or defeat, can still be used by God. Sometimes, it seems we’ve reached a dead end. Things didn’t turn out the way we had hoped, or the journey is longer, more complicated and more exhausting than we expected. If we let it, it can sap our strength, leaving us weary and disappointed.
Jesus started something good in us. We couldn’t START it in our own strength, so why do we think we could FINISH in our own strength? Paul offers this: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” (Philippians 1:27)
How do we finish strong? By finishing in Christ!
~ Kay Helm