“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” Phil 2:13 NLT
It’s that time of year where most people in the world start making new year’s resolutions. When I was younger I made pledges to hit the gym more, to get better grades, to be nicer to my parents, and other little promises. The older I get my resolutions have turned into spiritual goals for the approaching year. At the end of December a certain verse from God’s Word will grab my attention and plant itself in my thoughts. Philippians 2:13 has woven itself into my mind the last few days and will most likely be an inspiration in my life in 2014 in ways I can only imagine.
Current population is estimated at 7.134 Billion people on this earth. As of December 26th, the population of the United States was over 316 million people. It would seem God would get tired since He is continually working in me, and you, and every other person we know. I know how tired I am at the end of each day trying to survive in a fast-paced, demanding world. However God’s work is never done, and He doesn’t tire and never rests. He continues to work in each of our lives each day, each month, and each year that passes by.
This year will be full of illnesses and hardships, unplanned job losses, unexpected deaths, untimely destructions, and many more of our freedoms taken away. The ups and downs of daily life will most likely, at some point, cause us to lose focus of our resolutions or goals. Even when this happens, our Almighty Father does not leave us alone in our struggles to do His will. He wants to come alongside us and be within us as we tackle our responsibilities as Christians here on earth. He is our steady supplier for us to have the desires and power to help Him do His work until Jesus returns. In order to change our desires to be more like Christ’s we need the power of the Holy Spirit, the influence of faithful Christians, obedience to God’s Word, and sacrificial service. The secret to a changed year, or better yet a changed life, is to submit to His control and let him work.
When God starts a project he completes it! As with the Philippians, He will help us grow in grace until he has completed his work in our lives. As we all begin a new year I ask you to come alongside me to pray for the future of mankind, for all of us to want to renew our hearts and minds and have the desire to let God work in us, and the power to do what’s pleasing to Him.