Sometimes when we look at the world around us it is easy to think that God has forgotten to finish what He has started. Yes, the world is a beautiful place, full of the majesty of nature exquisitely designed for our enjoyment, but the world has a lot of problems too. It definitely is not perfect. There is a lot of hate, sin, and war in the world.
But this is not how it ends. God always intended to bring us to perfection, and He will not be thwarted. All human beings have experienced the beginnings of GOd’s grace and love; those of us who believe in Him and repent of our sins will experience the end of His love when He completely transforms us from our current fallen state into a permanent state of perfection. This “end” that we are being prepared for is no”end” in the human sense, since it will never terminate. And yet it is called an “end” because the ultimate goal will be achieved and there will be no more striving to become better: we will be perfect. We will be perfectly lovely, as well as being perfectly loved. This will all be accomplished in us by the only one who has the power to change us: God Himself. It is He who is the beginning and the end of all things:
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. (Revelation 21:6 NIV)
This verse is a great encouragement to those of us who are struggling through this imperfect world. God promises us that the “water of life” is a available to the thirsty at no cost to themselves. We will be able to drink and not be thirsty anymore. The work that God has begun in us will be finished so that we no longer will need to fear the specter of failure. Our lives will be “carried to completion:”
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. (Phillipians 1:6 NIV).