Congratulations, Jakob and Tanner! We are so proud of your accomplishments and look forward to hearing about the great things that you will do. There is an excitement and a question hanging in the air for your future: What are you going to do with your time, talent and energies? That may seem a bit daunting, but you both have something going for you.
In Philippians, Paul is writing to a group of people who he loves, whose future is before them and they have obstacles to overcome. He writes in 1:3 “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Paul is announcing something special here! God had started something that is brought to completion and God calls it good! Can you think of anywhere else that God starts something and completes it and calls it good? That’s right – creation. It’s as if Paul is telling the people who he loves, whose futures are uncertain, that their story has its roots in creation. Up until this point, nothing but God himself is good and nothing outside of God is good. Paul announces the good news that God is doing something that points to the restoration of things. The work God has started inside of you is good and God is using you to carry around this goodness in this world that God loves.
Jakob is headed to Rose State College and Tanner is serving our country as a marine. Yes, you made your plans and set a direction but there is comfort in knowing you have had a direction all along! When you say yes to Christ, the same power that said, “let there be light”, the same breath that unleashed life into the first humans is now released in you and its GOOD!
God is doing something in each one of us and it is good! We wait in great anticipation to see the good things that the two of you will accomplish because God is doing something good in you!
Grace and Peace