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.

Colossians 4:17 Finish The Work To Be Done

Tell Achippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received from the Lord.” Colossians 4:17

It is easy for many people to start a task or job and not complete it. Distractions come along and get people off task.

In the workplace, if a person does not complete a task it will often cost him a job or a promotion.

Outside the workplace, there is seldom a severe consequence of not completing a task. Most tasks outside of a job are personal choice tasks, with no one to hold anyone accountable to the task.

As Paul closes out his letter to the Colossians, he has some words towards specific people. He tells them to tell Archippus to complete the ministry he was given to do.

The church is one of the places where the highest level of volunteer work is done. Very few people are paid anything to do a church ministry. and those who do get paid, often get paid very little for the amount of work to be done.

When a job is a volunteer job, many people do not place a high priority upon it. They can take it or leave it, often not giving their best to complete the job.

God has given every believer some type of job or ministry to do. Over the years one may also change what he does for a ministry. At a minimum, every believer has the ministry to be a witness to the lost.

Instead of only half doing the job or completely stopping, one must continue to work at it until it is completed or God releases the call for that ministry.

God has a purpose for the ministry He has given each believer to do. If that person does not complete the ministry, something will be lacking in the church and the world.

You may already be doing a ministry for God. If not, you must seek what God has for you to do. In whatever ministry God has you working in, do not give up or stop doing what you have been called to do. Finish the work, just as Jesus completed His work when He died upon the cross.

Work in the power and strength of God that has been given you through His Holy Spirit. If you do not complete your task, someone may suffer and the kingdom of God will suffer a loss.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the task God has called you to do; that you will work at the task with the strength and guidance of the Holy Spirit; and that you will complete the task God has given you.

1 Corinthians 12:5 Different Jobs To Do

There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 1 Corinthians 12:6

The world is filled with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of different types of jobs. Each job has its own peculiarity and task to be done, that none of the others can do.

Each one has their own level of importance, with none more important than the other in the grand scheme of the whole world. Yet, many people think that one job is more important than another. In doing this, they often cut down people with the ‘lesser’ job.

Paul points out that God has given different gifts and methods of service for people to do. Although the services are different, it is still only one God.

Just as it is in the world, there are many different types of jobs for people to do in the church. There are also different types of works of the Holy Spirit being manifested in the works of service for each person. God has these different works for a purpose.

What is needed in one situation may not be needed in another situation. God uses what is needed in the moment, with whoever is there willing to be used by Him in His way.

However, just like the world, many in the church look down upon others who do not do the same ministry or do it in the exact same way. Some will feel that the other person is not holy and really following God, if he does not do ministry a certain way.

Every believer needs to work in unity with each other, since they are all serving one God. Each one is given his own task and method by God in serving Him in this world. One is not better than the other, but are all equal in God’s kingdom.

You may have a ministry that does not look as good as someone else’s or you may have one that appears to be better than someone else’s.

Do not let pride overcome your heart. Know that your ministry of service is just as important as others.

Allow God to fill you with His Holy Spirit and use you in the way He needs you to be used, doing the work that He needs you to do in the moment.

See what God can do, when you work in unity with the Holy Spirit and others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit; that you will use the gift of the Holy Spirit He has given you; that you will do a service for God; and that you will work in unity with other believers.

Zechariah 6:15 How To Make It Happen

Workers on scaffolding

Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the Lord, and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the Lord Your God. Zechariah 6:15 

Building something large, like a house or an office building, requires many different people to make it happen. There is a need for the carpenter, the cement layer, the roofer, the A/C person, the painter, the plumber, the electrician, and more to make it happen. One cannot completely build a building on his own.

Normally to get all the help needed, all one has to do is have the money to pay for the help.

Zechariah tells Joshua, the priest, that he needs to rebuild the temple. He is also told that many will come to help him build it, but in order for that to happen, he must diligently obey God.

Many believers try to do great ministries on their own. They hear God’s call to build a ministry and so try to do it, without help.

This can work, but only to a point, or certain level, then it peaks out. Help is needed to grow it more. God has more than enough helpers to build ever ministry He starts. However, it must be done in His way and in His timing.

In other words, the believer must diligently obey God. That is to very carefully and with a full heart, work at doing what God commands or guides him to do. It is God’s ministry, not the believer’s.

God may not have every one build a ‘titled’ ministry, but every believer is to be a witness and make disciples, which are ministries in themselves. These are best done under God’s direction and leading. In time God will bring the needed support to keep moving forward.

God has a plan for your life. You may already know what that plan is. The question is are you listening to God’s directions on how to make it happen.

As you are willing to listen to and obey God in every area of your life, God will give you the needed strength, help and favor to accomplish His goals for your life. Only God knows how large a ministry He has for you, but you cannot know that unless you diligently obey Him and do what He guides you to do.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice guiding you; that you will obey God’s every command; that you will know God’s favor; and that you will build God’s kingdom in His way.