I’m so thankful for this verse. Check out the ESV Study Bible’s notes on this:
“Paul is sure about God’s commitment to the Philippians. The foundation for spiritual growth is recognizing that it is God who began a good work in you and will bring it to completion. Genuine spiritual progress is rooted in what God has done, is doing, and will do. His faithfulness ensures that he will be with believers until Jesus returns (the day of Jesus Christ; cf. 2:16; 1 Thess. 5:2–11; 2 Pet. 3:10–13; Rev. 20:11–21:8). They can have confidence that the God who has saved them will never let them go, and that they will inherit their eternal reward.”
It is also a prayer for my children, because spiritual progress for them is “rooted in what God has done, is doing, and will do.”
Here is an idea of a way that you can teach this verse and talk about growth and spiritual growth with your kids…
Make a growth chart using their hands.
- Trace their hand on their favorite cereal or snack box (you will love to remember what their favorite foods were down the road).
- Help your child cut out the hand.
- Take some time to write down things your child likes, says, does, wants to be…
- Write their Age and the Date.
- Hole punch the hand and string it on a piece of pipe cleaner (or yarn or sting would be fine too).
- Save the hands and do this project again in 6 months or a year. :)
- What did you use to be like when you were ___________? (One, two, three, six, seven…)
- How are you different now?
- What kinds of things do you like now that you didn’t like then? (Or vise versa.)
- What do you want to be like when you grow up?
- What kinds of things are you learning right now about Jesus?
- Talk about Phil 1:6, and how God can start something in your heart that he will work on and work on until we get to see him and give him a hug someday.
- How does Jesus help us grow? How do we get to be more like him?
- Share your own answers with them. Share about how God is changing and growing you too!