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Welcome to the JCPC Daily Reflections Blog. Reflections are daily devotionals authored by JCPC pastors, staff and members and provide insight, guidance and comfort to help you make it through each day. If you’d like to receive Reflections each day via email,  provide your email address.

Monday, October 05 2020

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" I was often asked that question as a child. And the answers changed like the wind. A doctor. A firefighter. A missionary. A worship leader. A physicist-or actually, MacGyver (a favorite TV character)! Now, as a dad of four kids, I think of how difficult it must be for them to be asked that question. There are times when I want to say, "I know what you'll be great at!" Parents can sometimes see more in their children than the children can see in themselves.

 

This resonates with what Paul saw in the Philippian believers-those he loved and prayed for (Philippians 1:3). He could see the end; he knew what they'd be when all was said and done. The Bible gives us a grand vision of the end of the story-resurrection and the renewal of all things (see 1 Corinthians 15 and Revelation 21). But it also tells us who's writing the story.

 

Paul, in the opening lines of a letter he wrote from prison, reminded the Philippian church that "he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6). Jesus started the work and He'll complete it. The word completion is particularly important-the story doesn't just end, for God leaves nothing unfinished.

 

Prayer for Today

Dear Jesus, You're in charge of my story. It's not up to me to make it happen. I surrender my life to You. Help me to trust You. Amen.

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