This morning I was reflecting on the life of Jesus and His Mission here on earth. As I studied His crucifixion the words that continue resonate in my mind were His last. John 19:30 tells us as He was crucified He said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. The word finished is defined as: to bring to an end or completion, to overcome completely, or to complete a course or journey. These words speak of Jesus’ triumph and commitment to finish the task that was set before Him. Jesus’ mission here on earth was to complete God’s work of salvation!
We were created with Purpose. When God created us He created us with a specific task in mind. Ecclesiastes 6:10 tells us, “Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there’s no use arguing with God about your destiny.” (NLT) We all have a purpose to fulfill here on earth and in order to fulfill that purpose, we will have to fix our eyes on Jesus and settle it in our hearts to endure whatever comes our way until we complete the task set before us (Hebrews 12:1-2). I know it is easier said than done. However, the following scriptures on finishing may provoke and encourage your spirit…
Revelations 3:2 (NIV)
“Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God.”
Hebrews 12:2 KJV
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame
2 Corinthians 8-10—12 (NLT)
“Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it. 11 Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have.” (NLT)
Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”(NLT)
Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NLT)
“Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.”
As we read the scriptures on the topic of finishing, it is evident that finishing is important to God! It does not matter where you are on your journey. I want to encourage and remind you that the end of a something is better than the beginning of a something! It is not how you start your journey it is how you finish! As long as you still have breath, as long as you are willing to fight, and willing to commit to His ways, you will fulfill your God given purpose! Because of what He did on the Cross of Calvary and finished! You and I can walk in hope knowing He is the Author and Finisher of our Faith! Be encouraged God is on our side! You will succeed!
The best is yet to come,