Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:Philippians 1:6
When I was 15 years old, God brought me under conviction and I accepted Christ as my Savior. The next year, at the age of 16, God called me to serve Him with my life on a youth missions trip. I went back to high school and decided to study and serve Him. When I finished high school, I headed for college to prepare for the ministry of missions. I arrived, and after hearing of the requirements, homework, classes, etc, I thought I would never be able to graduate – it would take a miracle for me to pass the courses! The years passed quickly, and soon the God that called me, allowed me to finish!
I never thought I would be able to get married because I was not the best-looking nor the most talented person … but once again, the God that called me allowed me to get married!
We began deputation and it was a challenge ….. but once again, the God that called us allowed us to finish and get to the field!
We studied the Spanish language and I became frustrated and thought I would never fully understand …. but once again, the God that called me allowed me to learn a new language!
We arrived in Argentina, began the church, and …. Every step of the way, from the first to the last, I have learned a great “Life’s Lesson” – what my God starts, my God finishes.
My life’s verse is Philip. 1:6 – “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Explanation is not needed, but I must say that the moment that God started that “good work” in my life, He began to work and gave me the promise that He will “perform it” until that great day He comes back for us. What a promise!
The ministry has been exciting, although it has its high times and low times. But there is one thing that I can say without a doubt and that is my God is with me every step of the way! He has been performing, He has been working in me and through me – never would it be because of something I did or can do, but rather because He started and He promised to finish!
I have found out that whatever the ministry, wherever the mission field, and whoever the person may be, we all have moments of discouragement and questioning. I become frustrated at times, want more than the Lord has given me, and make more mistakes in the ministry than 5 missionaries in their lifetime could – but there is one thing I know and that is that it was God Who started the work in me and has promised to finish it.
I wish sometimes I could help my brethren at moments when the devil attacks and brings discouragement as He so often does in my own life – and that one thing that I would scream from the mountaintop is, “The God that began a good work is the God that will finish it.” Life is not about me, it’s about God and what God can do through me! The devil plays with the mind, but we must always remember the great promise of our Lord – God will finish what God starts!