Coronavirus is here.
There’s no denying that fact, and there’s no escaping it. As I write this post, our country is in the earliest stages of dealing with the threat that COVID-19 poses to our country.
How serious will it be? We can’t know right now, and we won’t know until it’s in our rearview mirrors.
But God knows. And He’s still in control. The Maker of heaven and earth is a whole lot bigger than a microscopic virus. He’s got this.
Still, if you find yourself prone to fear in this uncertain time, rest assured in this: God has plans for your life, and those plans will be completed. You’re still here because you’re not done.
As we’re waiting to see where this thing goes, imagine my joy when I discovered that the post I’ve been working on over the past few weeks fits so well with what we’re facing today.
The power of music is undeniable.
In the mid 1990s, I was just discovering that Christian music was not only organs and choirs, but even included music with a more modern flair. “Worship teams” and “praise bands” didn’t exist quite yet, but were certainly on the way.
In that vein, one Sunday our church’s music pastor sang a rendition of Steve Green’s classic, “He Who Began a Good Work” (listen to Steve Green singing this song here).
I was transfixed. Through that song, God spoke directly into my heart one of His greatest promises, straight from the New Testament book of Phillipians.
[B]eing confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Phil. 1:6
When life becomes routine, when you’ve had all your children, when your career reaches its zenith and starts that inevitable downward slide (as mine was just about to do at that time), what do you do? I’ve heard it said this way: at that point, life’s focus changes from success to significance.
Through Phillipians 1:6, God taught me that my life is not over just because I may have reached the pinnacle of my earthly existence. God’s good work in me, whatever it might be, is not finished in me until He completes it.
God’s good work in our lives is just that — God’s work. It might involve a change in career, but it doesn’t have to. It might involve speaking God’s word to thousands, or it might mean serving only one person. And it changes from day to day.
Our job? Accepting whatever role(s) God has for our lives, regardless of whether we believe that we’re “doing enough for God,” or that our service, however small it might be, is having a big enough impact.
Because, as pastor David Jeremiah has so aptly observed:
A man of God in the will of God is immortal until his work is done. – David Jeremiah