John 17:4 Are You Finishing The Work Given To You?

I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. John 17:4

All around the world people have work to do each and every day. Many are in paid positions and are expected to do the required work. Others may be work that needs to be done in their homes or other places for free.

While many will complete the required or needed work to be done, there are many who will not do the work. Instead of working, they will play and do something different, not completing the work.

As Jesus is preparing to go to the cross He prays to His Father. He states that He brought glory to the Father by completing the work that was given to Him to do while on the earth.

Believers in Jesus are unique in this world in that they have a job to do that is outside the normal work of this world. They have a task of being a witness to others in this world and making disciples of people.

There is no one way to do this work for each and every believer. God has a different plan of work for each person to be able to reach the entire world. Some will be called into full time ministry, while many will be called to some vocation to be a witness there.

As a believer is living on this earth, he must focus on doing as much of God’s work as he can possibly do with God’s help. His focus must be to complete the work God has given him to do.

The work is not done for self glory, but for the glory of God. Each time he completes the required work, God is glorified in him.

In the same way that God had a work for Jesus to complete, He has some job for you to do. There is someone who needs to you to be a witness to, pray for, help or in some other way complete a work for God.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in to what work He has for you to do. Then set your mind to complete that job so that the Father may be glorified.

Only God knows when He will be done with you on this earth and calls you to heaven. Until focus on completing His work.

Will He be glorified in 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 strength to do His work; that you will do what God has called you to do each day; and that God will be glorified in you and your work for Him.

Revelation 10:6 No More Delaying

And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay!” Revelation 10:6

Often when there is a major project to be done, that will take a long time to complete, there are many different delays in completing it. These delays occur due to waiting for parts, or due to the weather, or payments or some other issue that slows the project down.

There has to come a point when the builder of the project stops allowing for any more delays to get it done.

John sees an angel standing up who says that there is to be no more delay, but that God’s will is to be completely accomplished.

Depending upon which side a person is on, delays can be a good thing or a bad thing. Delays in getting a road built is a problem for the drivers. That same delay may be good for those who are trying to fund the building of it.

God’s final will is for the salvation of everyone who follows Jesus and destruction of all who refuse to follow Him. His delay of this final judgement is good news for those who don’t know Jesus yet as their Savior. It gives them an opportunity to believe and be saved.

For the believer, the delay is a struggle because they are waiting to be saved out of this fallen and dark world, full of sin and trouble.

However, there will come a day when God says enough is enough and stops delaying the final judgement. This will occur at the perfect time for God’s will to be completed and the believer needs to have patience in waiting for that time to come.

During your life on this earth you will see many troubles and hardships. You may be wondering how long they will last and when will God do something about them.

God is delaying for a purpose as He waits for the perfect time to end all troubles. Instead of fretting and worrying over the delay, embrace it as God’s perfect timing. Trust God in when He will complete the salvation promised when you began to believe in Jesus and follow Him.

At the right time God will say “There will be no more delay!”

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust in God’s perfect timing; that you will know God is in control; that you will know God’s peace as you wait; and that you will be ready when God says that there is no more delaying.

John 17:4 Finish The Work

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.