Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny
I thank my God every time I remember you. I always pray with joy in my every prayer for all of you because of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1.3-6
My family moved to a different city to work. We left behind many people that had been taught the gospel and that had continued faithful to the Lord. We often wondered how different ones were doing, if they were still faithful. After several years, we returned for a visit. What joy we had to see many of the ones with whom we had studied still faithful to the Lord!
God provides us with encouragement. He takes care of our daily needs. He uses other Christians to make this happen. Never underestimate the good that God can do with what, in your opinion, does not amount to much. He can make the blessings overflow with whatever we are willing to give him.
Participation is key. We must be willing to participate in His mission, to be used for his kingdom, the church. God is able to carry us to perfection, or maturity, if we stay with him.