“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”Philippians 1:6
I make mistakes. That should not surprise anyone because all humas are fallible. But recently, I let my errors spiral me into prolonged paralyzing states of inaction. In these moments, I couldn’t move. I couldn’t act. I could only dwell on the error(s) I had already committed.
As I began to make this realization of what was happening in me, God showed me Philippians 1:6. These words were solid ground to my sea-wearied soul. My first thought was, “Is God working in me?” I surveyed my life. I am a very different person than I was 10 years ago. I am less selfish. I have rid myself of a few of the idols in my life that God has shown me. I love others more. These are all in alignment with what the Christian scriptures say will happen when God begins a new work in you. God is certainly working in my life.
After this answer, I had to realize God had not given up on me. Not one of my mistakes could impact his decision to continue his work on me. If there is evidence that God began a good, new work in you, the promise is he will continue to carry out his work until it is finally finished. Once God starts, mistakes are not evidence of a lack of God’s activity. They are evidence that God is still working on you.
Whenever mistakes become overwhelming, remember they are not stopping God from continuing his good work in you. When we remember this truth, we free ourselves up to be used by God for amazing work to be done in us and through us.