Beginning a Good Work

David Landegent

READ : Philippians 1:3-6

He is the beginning. (Col. 1:18)

It's fascinating to watch a line of dominoes placed in such a way that when the first one falls, all the rest of them quickly tumble down as well. Jesus is like that first domino but with a miraculous difference. He is not the beginning of everything falling down but the beginning of everything rising up.

Jesus is not just a beginning point which then gets left behind, like the starting line of a race. He is the beginning power that continues to make a difference on everything that follows. The Greek word for “beginning” is a power-packed word. In fact, although you can't tell in English translations, it's the same word Paul used just two verses before to describe all the powers-that-be that Jesus had created. To say Jesus is the beginning means that Jesus is the Primal-Power, the Power before all powers by which all other things were raised into place and continue to stand.

It's a good thing that Jesus is the Beginning Power, or all the things he started would just peter out—including our faith. But we have God's promise that Jesus is the good beginning who will bring us to a good end: “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6). As you begin the first day of the rest of your life, count on Jesus to see you through from start to finish.

PRAYER

Lord, complete the work you have begun in me.