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God Is Not Finished With Me Yet

Philippians 1:6

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God's not finished with me yet

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.

Philippians 1:6 NIV

I am far from being who I believe God wants me to be. Too often, I make choices based on what I want. I value things that have no eternal significance. My attitudes often reveal some ugly truths about myself. There are times when I don’t think much about my shortcomings; especially when I can focus on the shortcomings of others. But other times, I am painfully aware of how far the path to godliness stretches ahead of me.

And the tendency at times like that is to commit to trying harder. To care more about others. To work on my attitude. And to love God more.  But no matter how hard I might try, it seems that before I know it, I have fallen back into my old ways, and nothing is different apart from being more frustrated than ever with my inability to make any significant change for the better.

But then I read this verse and so many others like it.  And I realize that I am not the one most qualified to be attempting a makeover on my life.  The one who took me from being an 18-year-old looking to enjoy what the world had to offer, and changed me into a man who had the desire to be holy. The one who delivered me from the road to destruction, and brought me into his light. And the one who has so far done all of the real remodelings in my life. He is the one who is still most qualified and most interested in completing the project.

God’s not finished with me yet. I am a work in progress. But I trust that God will continue the good work that he began in me over 50 years ago. Until I stand before him, a completed work of God.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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21 thoughts on “God Is Not Finished With Me Yet – Philippians 1:6”

  1. Nailed it! I felt like toy wrote this for me.. about me. thank you so much for sharing this. I needed these reminders today!

  2. Even in retirement, I’m so glad that God is not through with me yet!
    Thank You Lord for giving me the chance to continue to learn and grow and make a difference for the kingdom and in the lives of others!

  3. I remember when God told me I am not finished with you yet. I remember the hope that gave me. In my prayer I say speak to me through me and within me, take not thy spirit from me. Bear with me im quite stubborn so my walk with Christ has had many setbacks. Yet He has been patient with me 🙂 I have still to become all he desire me to be. May God bless yall.

      • Thank you so much for sharing this! You shared where I’m at right now! Transformation and the clean up is painful, so painful, but needed! I can’t even express how much of a comfort and gift your message has been right now at 13:05 UK time. I pray God continues to work in and through you, that He will continue to use you mightily

        • Thanks so much for sharing. I do pray that the Lord will continue to be active in your life and lead you in growing more Christlike.

    • God always stands ready to forgive when we confess and repent. But we should not use that as a license to do whatever we please. We are called to a holy life, not a self-led life.

      Not sure what you mean by “God giving us unlimited chances to be better in life”. I should make every effort to be faithful. But it is God who is doing the work in me to shape and mold me into his image.


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