God has begun a good work in us and will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Paul prays of this work (and let it be our prayer, too): “That your love may abound more and more in knowledge and all judgment, that ye may approve the things that are excellent, that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruit of righteousness by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11).
Our works – what are they? What do we see as works acceptable to God? What works are in vain? What works were “prepared beforehand for us to do?” (Eph. 2:10) We can heartily “serve the Lord” full of zeal, yet it is all works of flesh that count for nothing and perhaps are even harmful to truly reaching people for Christ.
The world is filled with uncommitted people in these days, and many uncommitted people will come and go in the Church. We must not let this discourage us, but we must remain zealous, diligent, and faithful to Jesus and towards one another in the love of God.