Finished All the Work

Manna

So Huram finished all the work he had undertaken for King Solomon in the temple of the Lord (1 Kings 7:40b NIV).

God places great importance to the completion of a work undertaken. This is especially true when it is a work for the Lord. The kingdom of God has suffered much because many thousands of people failed to complete what they began. The reasons vary from lack of clear goals to giving up because of discouragement; especially when the results of the labor are not seen immediately. Some work is given up because of opposition too.

But the Bible advocates a completion of work: Jesus cried out on the cross, “It is finished.” Paul, when faced with prison and hardships spoke about his desire to finish the race and complete the task Jesus gave him–“the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” So, finishing the task, is a Biblical priority. Therefore you should not venture into a task without much prayer and seeking guidance from God. More importantly in this context you should ask God that you may be given grace to complete the undertaken task. Then you can begin with a determination to persevere through difficulties and finish!

Another thought associated with finishing is “how” you try to complete the work. Many people, as they reach halfway stage or further have a tendency to complete the work “somehow.” That is a wrong and sinful attitude. Every work undertaken, small or great, should be thought about as work for the Lord. Therefore every work should be finished with excellence. This will cause others to marvel at the good work as well as think about what makes you do it so well. This will help you testify to God’s grace in your life. A sloppy work, on the other hand, destroys your Christian testimony.

Finally, the question that Paul asked is in order here: “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort” (Galatians 3:3 NIV)? So, whenever you undertake a task for God’s glory, remember to depend on the Spirit of God to bring it to the finishing point. Let this be your motto: “In God, finish strong!”

 

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