“…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, NKJV.
“Performance may be affected until completed.” This message popped up on the computer screen when I updated to the latest software version. Every time new software is installed, I know it will take time, causing any current projects to be put on hold. Anyone who works from a computer experiences this message from time to time and knows, that sooner or later, if not followed will cause problems, such as sluggishness, program freezing, or even possible hacking opportunities by nefarious outside actors. Updating is just a technical necessity if we want our computer working at its best capacity.
Like our computers, you and I are in constant need of “updating.” The apostle, Paul, wrote in his letter to the church in Philippi, that He, God is doing a “good work in you” until Jesus returns to the earth one day. Jesus Christ was the Son of God and the only human being to be perfect in every way! When He came to earth, Jesus modeled perfection through everything He said and did. Being created in God’s image, we have been “programmed” by Him to accept the changes necessary to become more like Him in the example set by Jesus. Without these “updates” (changes), we will not be at our best. Our vulnerability to the elements of this world, such as fatigue, stagnant growth, and even the attempted high jacking of our faith by Satan will be a constant threat.
Keeping our computer working at the best capacity is to check it regularly, particularly when prompted by the message, “Updates Available.” God, through His Holy Spirit prompts us when changes are necessary, and these changes take time. Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth on her gravestone requested the following message be written, “End of Construction. Thank you for your patience.” Our earthly “performance may be affected until completed,” but the result will be worth it. “Remain in me, as I also remain in you…” (John 15:4, NIV).