Finished

I’m either hot or cold when it comes to completing a project. When it goes well, I tend to go all in and work at it til it’s done. But if there are issues, if it’s not turning out right, if it’s taking too long – well, let’s just say I give up easily.

One of my grandsons is similar. We’ll get started on an art project, and since his little hands aren’t adept at making things look like he envisions them, he’s done before all the paints are out.

Thankfully, this isn’t the way God approaches things. “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.” (Philippians 1:6 NLT)

That’s good news, because you and I are needy projects – and there’s much to be done. Just when I get comfortable in my time spent reading the Bible, living better for Jesus, giving Him praise, I do something stupid.

That must be why we have all the history and lives told to us in the Bible. Recorded history from beginning until Jesus was crucified. People were no different, no more innocent, no less sinful. David was God’s chosen king given a great kingdom, admired by all. Then it happened, roaming eyes led to lies and murder.

David wasn’t the only one. The Bible reads like today’s headlines. Wars, famines, racial tension, and on and on. Seems like no one gets it right. But there was One.

Only One. Jesus, Messiah, the Christ. For all the wrongs past and future – He made a way. Even assured us that the Holy Spirit who resides in us will help us avoid the stupids (when we let Him). “Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” (Ephesians 3:17 NLT)

Thankfully, God doesn’t give up like we do. He doesn’t say this one is taking too long, or this one keeps messing up. He says: this one, she has the light of my Son in her; she has a ways to go, but I will go with her. Until then the Savior intercedes for us and covers over all our imperfections. Finished – when He says we are, and not a moment before.

11 Comments on “Finished

  1. This >> “He says: this one, she has the light of my Son in her; she has a ways to go, but I will go with her.” So funny, Renae, as I have been humming an old hymn since earlier this morning. I am so grateful He goes all the way with us! Here are the words I have been humming:
    “All the way my Savior leads me–
    What have I to ask beside?
    Can I doubt His tender mercy,
    Who through life has been my guide?
    Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,
    Here by faith in Him to dwell!
    For I know, whate’er befall me,
    Jesus doeth all things well;
    For I know, whate’er befall me,
    Jesus doeth all things well.”
    Thank you for sharing and blessing me this morning!

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  2. I wrote about this verse a few weeks ago, Paris … I really appreciate your take on it. You’re right … the scriptures are full of examples of people that God didn’t give up, even though they were flawed and sinful. It’s so encouraging to remember that we’re finished “when He says we are, and not a moment before.”

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