FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED
(Eccl 7:8) The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Are you the type of person that tends to start a project but not finish it? Do you get excited about a new venture but then your enthusiasm cools and you want to move on to something else? Is your home filled with monuments of uncompleted tasks that testify to how you get easily bored and distracted? Then you need God’s help to finish what you started.
The Lord always finishes what He starts. In Genesis 1 we see God making the world in six days. There was a completion with the Sabbath as the crowning day. We see Jesus up on the cross saying, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) In both creation and redemption the Lord finished what He started. When I read the gospels and it says Jesus was a carpenter (Mk 6:3), I like to picture Him as a finish carpenter working on my life! (Phil 1:6) being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
What is it in your life that you need to bring to a final end? What task might be unfinished or a promise that that hasn’t been met? Is there unfinished business between you and somebody else? Then it’s time to finish what you started!
Here’s some encouragement to get you in motion towards completion:
1) Tackle one unfinished project at a time. (Isa 28:10) . . . Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little."
2) Focus without getting distracted. (1 Cor 7:35) . . . serve the Lord without distraction.
3) Be realistic. Keep to projects that have an obtainable goal and drop projects that are overly ambitious or too old or irrelevant to resurrect. (Phil 4:13) I CAN DO all things through Christ who strengthens me.
4) Most of all, trust the Lord that you’ll finally make it to home plate with a wonderful sense of accomplishment. (Gen 1:31) Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.
To all procrastinators and perfectionists. To all creative “idea” people. To everyone sidelined by their own imaginative spontaneity. With God’s help you can finish what you started!
(James 5:11) Indeed we count them blessed who ENDURE. You have heard of the PERSEVERANCE of Job and seen the END intended by the Lord; that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.