“… being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…” (Philippians 1:6)
The Apostle Paul wrote these words to his favorite church when he was in prison and didn’t know if he would ever be released. He didn’t know if he would ever be present with them again. He could not persuade them, mesmerize them with his personality, or in any way influence them by his physical presence with them.
But he has great confidence in the certain reality that they are going to continue in their newfound faith because his confidence is not in himself or in his powers of persuasion. His confidence is in the One who has begun a good work in them. As he continues to write to them he shows where his confidence lies: “… for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)
I was once given a “SAME” Oscar by the Sales and Marketing Executives of a large city for marketing Jesus Christ in my part of the state where I lived. I was horrified and embarrassed to realize they believed that as a pastor and minister of the Gospel I was a sales and marketing executive. For more than a year I had very successful salesman trying to convince me that I was a salesman.
When we proclaim the Gospel and people believe it and are converted that is because God is doing a work in their lives which Jesus called being “born again.” Their spiritual growth and longevity depend on that work God is doing in them and not on our salesmanship.