God Isn’t Through with You Yet
Paul writes in Philippians 1:6 “I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (HCSB) To be sure this verse is a classic concerning the security of the believer–God will finish what He starts! However, I think it also speaks to the guarantee of His continued work sanctifying believer’s lives. Sanctifying not just individual believers but also His bride as a whole. Let me paraphrase this verse just a little– Be confident God isn’t through with any of us until Jesus comes back! Do you need proof sometimes? I know I do. Let’s consider John Mark from around 30 AD to 65 AD.
We first meet John Mark in Mark 14:51 he’s the mysterious, humorous young man who flees the Garden of Gethsemane naked after his sheet is torn off by soldiers. Then, he is the college-aged youth who strikes out with Barnabas and Paul on the 1st Missionary Journey only to QUIT and come home (Acts 12:25). Next, he is the issue that causes the split between Barnabas and Paul when they argue over whether or not to take him on the 2nd Missionary Journey (Acts 15:37ff). Following the mission trip with Barnabas, he partners with Peter–becoming like a son to the Apostle (1 Peter 5:13). During this time, he writes the Gospel of Mark (chronologically our first gospel). Finally, Mark and Paul reconcile with Mark first ministering with/to Paul (Colossians 4:10, Philemon 1:24), and Mark becomes an invaluable partner Paul longs for at the end of his life (2 Timothy 4:11).
Have confidence my friends. No matter how embarrassing, disappointing, or divisive your Christian journey has been to this point–God isn’t through with you yet! I for one take comfort in the truth and hope of Philippians 1:6.