I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. John 17:4
Leaders or bosses have a mission to do that is larger than themselves. Since it is larger than themselves, they require workers to work underneath them.
Each worker is given a task to do. As each one accomplishes his task to completion, the larger mission is completed and the leader/boss is exalted. He was able to accomplish the greater mission and everyone sees it and praises him for the good work.
The workers make the boss look good or bad, by how well they do their work.
As Jesus was preparing to die, He prayed to His Father some last prayers. He pointed out that He had finished the work He was given to do.
Every company has an overarching goal to accomplish in mind. People are hired that will be able to do the work needed to be done in order to meet that goal. If anyone does not do his part, the goal may not be met.
Just as God the Father had given Jesus a task to do, so Jesus has given every believer a task to do. That task is to be His witness and to make disciples.
The actual work being done by each believer may look different. Some may be working with children or adults, or an certain ethnic group, or some other group. Some may be providing teaching only, while others are meeting physical needs. Some may be full time, being paid to do the work, while others are completely volunteer.
Over all of the work, their goal is the same–to be a witness and to make disciples. It is to build God’s kingdom on this earth. At the end of one’s life he must be able to say that he did what God had told him to do and glorified God.
You have also been given a mission by God. What this looks like is unique to you and only tasked by God Himself.
Each day you must ask yourself if you have done all that God has set before you to do for that day. As long as you have breath on this earth, you will have a work to do for God.
Do not find yourself at the end of your days not having done His work. Keep working and finish the job God has for you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that God will give you the strength to do His work; that you will be His witness; and that you will make disciples.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Each and nearly every day, people have some sort of trouble or problem in their lives. For most people their day to day troubles are often small. Small troubles such as being behind a slow person on the road, deciding which meal to make, choosing what to wear, or some other small choice.
For many others, their troubles can be gigantic, such as car breaking down, finding food to be able to eat, finding a place to sleep, health issues or more.
Jesus promised the disciples that they would have trouble. He also told them they could have peace in spite of the troubles because He had overcome the world.
Some believers often believe that when they began to follow Jesus that all of their troubles would go away. They believed that God would remove all trouble in this life.
In believing this way, many get discouraged and angry with God when they have to face many troubles. In reality when one becomes a believer, the troubles often double. They have all the normal troubles of life that most people have, plus they have persecution troubles.
Despite all of these troubles, the believer can have a supernatural peace. This peace comes from knowing that Jesus had already told about these troubles and that He has already overcome them and the world.
Despite all of the troubles, the believer can know that God loves him, forgiven him and will save him in the end. When all is said and done, there is eternity with God to look forward to. This brings a peace that the world cannot know or understand.
Each and every day you will face struggles and problems that appear to be huge, unsurmountable mountains. Keep in mind that Jesus had said this would be the case. However, also keep in mind that Jesus also promised peace in the midst of all those troubles.
Keep your focus upon God and what He is doing, not the troubles that this world will throw your way. God will bring you through every trouble that you will face. No trouble is greater than God’s power. Hold onto the peace of knowing that Jesus has already overcome your troubles.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God is in control; that you will know God’s power; that you will know God’s saving power; and that you will have God’s supernatural peace.