Onto Completion

Onto Completion –

By David Mackie

              I love the concept of completion and chances are you probably do too. To have something fully done, fully finished, just how you want it to be, is one of the most rewarding feelings in the world. Completion is something that all of us desire and strive for, but have you noticed how rarely it is actually achieved? Over the last couple of weeks, I have found myself back where I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and it is amazing to see the state working on the very same roads they were working on when I last lived there sixteen years ago. I frequently watch my kids excitedly get out a game or a craft never to see them actually finish it. As a kid I remember begging my parents to let me play football and then deciding to quit after just a couple of practices because it wasn’t what I expected it to be. It turns out that the act of completion is really hard work and often takes a long time.

As a church I know we find ourselves in a very interesting moment in time. The ministry of our church is getting ready to celebrate five decades of serving God and our community. During that time there have been great successes and significant challenges. Greg Comp is about to conclude an important and significant ministry that has allowed for necessary healing and spiritual growth to flourish while preparing us for what lies ahead. At this point in time none of us knows exactly what God has in mind for the future of Glenview Christian Church. However, what all of us need to be reminded of is that the work that God wants to do in and through our church has not yet been completed. There is so much more He has for us to do. We can and should regularly appreciate and celebrate what God has done but we should never lose focus on what God is going to do next.

I love what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Philippi in Philippians 1:4-6, “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Church, as I begin my ministry at Glenview I want to encourage all of us to grab hold of this amazing promise. God has begun a good work at Glenview Christian Church and He will carry it on to completion. Let’s remember a couple of important truths at significant moment in our church’s history. First, it is God’s work, not ours.   He invites us to be a part of this work and we all have a role to play but the work is always His. Let’s each commit to join God in the work He is doing and play our part the best we can. Second, God will complete the work. Sometimes we can start to feel like everything depends on us. While God’s plans certainly include us they never totally rely on us. Isn’t that a relief? God will complete what He has started. He prefers to do that with and through us but make no mistake He will complete His work with or without us. If it is without us we have missed out, not God. Finally, remember when the work will be completed. We don’t know the specific date but thankfully we do know the exact time: the day of Christ Jesus. As a church our work will be completed when the resurrected Jesus returns to earth and not a moment sooner. Will that even be in our lifetimes? No one can know for sure. However, I know that my personal desire and my desire for GCC is that whenever Jesus returns He finds us (or those who will come after us) busy working on behalf of His Kingdom. Then we will all get to truly celebrate the completion of a great work. I am so excited to work alongside of all of you and I can’t wait to see what God will do next.

 


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