Topic: Philippians 1:6
Do you ever feel the pull in two opposite directions?
Sometimes I think there are two people living in this body. One is positive thinking, ready to take on the world. The other is scared, always hiding where it's safe. I like positive Phil. He's fun to be around, people respect him and he makes a difference. Scared Phil, on the other hand, I loathe. He believes he has failed even before he tries. He believes people tolerate him. I want positive Phil to live and scared Phil to die.
So why does scared Phil keep showing up? How do I get rid of him, permanently? It's like he's handcuffed to me and I'm stuck with him until one of us has served his time. Why is positive Phil missing when I need him most? He comes, visits, then goes back to where ever he came from.
When I was a kid, I wanted my own section of the garden. Dad gave me a row and I planted what I wanted in my row. Tomatoes, bell peppers and corn. Having my own row in the garden meant I was responsible for the care of the row.
I'd come home from school, go out to the garden and water my row. Every day I hoped to see one of the plants poking up out of the ground. Four or five days had passed, I had watered them as I was taught and still, there wasn't a sprout to be seen. I grew frustrated. This garden wasn't fun anymore. It was work. It wasn't long until I was giving my bike the attention my garden needed. My plants didn't grow well. They didn't produce much and what they did produce wasn't very good. I had a good crop of weeds, though. I wanted to have a good garden, but wanting didn't get me a good garden.
What if the two Phils are like my garden? What am I doing to nurture positive Phil? Or have I grown impatient because I haven't seen results after a couple of days? One thing's for sure, scared Phil grows, even when I'm not trying to grow him. Growing positive Phil is hard work. I want positive Phil to grow, but just wanting won't make it happen.
However, I don't have to work alone in growing positive Phil. There is Someone who wants to help. Someone who is able to do much more than just want. "And I am sure that God, who began this good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again." (Philippians 1:6 NLT)
In Your Word, You've told me what it takes to grow up to be Your man. But it's hard and I get frustrated and impatient when I don't see immediate results. Give me courage to live for You when I'm scared. Give me strength to keep going when I'm weak and tired. Finish the work You've started in me.
In Jesus' name, amen.
Do you feel the pull between being a confident man and a frightened man? How does knowing that God is committed to completing the good work He began in you help you today?