Finish Well

Galatians 3:3 “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”

There are some things in my life that I wonder where they went. What I mean is this –  What happened to my New Year’s resolutions? Where did my desire to lose weight disappear to? Home projects? More productivity? Mastering that instrument? Spending more time with loved ones? And the list goes on…

The more ‘chronologically gifted’ I become, the faster the years seem to whisk by. Next time you see me, my hair will be flying in the breeze of the passing of time. But with those years have brought about certain wisdom. My focus in life has turned from career and accomplishments to relationships and building people.

We all have good intentions when the passion is high and the creative juices are flowing. But when character and promise need to rise and determination takes a bit more energy, we soon find what we are made of.

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Jesus said that there would be tribulations – trouble. Because He has overcome, we may as well. We need to be strong.

Proverbs 24:10 “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”

Beginning a thing has all of the excitement and energy that pushes us past the routine and the mundane tasks that all jobs have. But once that wears off, we have a bit more of a character decision to make. Do I want to finish? Will I be able to finish?

Ecclesiastes 7:8 “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”

Following through on a commitment, making good on a promise speaks volumes about our character and integrity as a person, a spouse, a parent, a friend, a boss and an employee. But the weight of our word when it comes to a child of God seems to carry an added weight for many reasons.

A promise is only as good as the one who makes it.” – Source Unknown

Though we may not know the origin of that statement, the truth and principle of it is clear. Following through on our promises or finishing well is a character trait every born-again child of God should purpose to fulfill.

Just one thought to take you through your day – If we had to come to the realization that our soul without Christ was lost for eternity; and the only remedy was utter, total and complete trust in Christ’s finished work on the cross – minus any works that I would add, gained for me salvation, adoption and heaven, what could we ever add to the finished work of Christ on the cross to make it more perfect; more acceptable?

When we are tempted to quit, we must turn to the One who face was set to the cross for us. His power in and through us reveals far better the love God wishes the world to see. Trials and tribulations, wounds and even devastating losses will inevitably come. It is then that we need the shelter of that secret place that covers us and protects us from harm.

Psalm 91:1 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

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