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.

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.

Acts 20:24 The Main Goal

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24

Paul had been traveling all around to Gentile cities preaching the gospel message. He now feels led to go back to Jerusalem. He was run out of there by the Jews and so would not know what would happen when he goes there. He does know that everywhere he went he had to face persecution and prison a lot. He now says that, to himself, his life is worthless. His whole goal in life is to do what Jesus wants him to do–to preach the gospel message.

There are many books on the shelves on how to succeed in just about anything you want to succeed in. Thousands of books are written on how to succeed in making money. Everyone has the “key” to success. Speakers travel all around the country and world talking about how to be successful.

The most common thread in all of the ways how to succeed is to have a goal. You are to set your mind on a goal and how to achieve it. Then you are to go for it with everything in you.

The world looks at success in measuring what you have or don’t have as to whether you are successful or not.

Paul look at success as completing the task Jesus gave him to do. Jesus had the view of success in completing the work the Father gave Him to do.

Jesus has a plan for you. He has a work for you to do. The bottom line of that plan for you is to be like Jesus and to tell everyone you can about Jesus.

The plans Jesus has for you are for eternal value. The plans the world has for you to succeed are only temporary, in this life alone.

Where is your focus and aim today? Are you striving to be more like Jesus? Are you working hard at telling others about Jesus? Or are you working hard to get rich and have a great retirement plan set up? What is your goal today?

I pray today that Jesus will impress up your heart His goals for your life; that you will know the plans Jesus has for you; that you will aim to do the work Jesus has for you to do; that you will be more like Jesus everyday; and that Jesus will draw many to Himself through you.

John 19:30 Finishing

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, It is finished. With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30

Jesus had been arrested and crucified. Things were happening just the way He stated that they would. As He was hanging on the cross there came a point where He stated that it was finished and He gave up His spirit and died.

It is very easy to look at the crucifixion of Jesus and believe that it was the people who killed Jesus. Yes, it was the people who arrested Him, and the people who put Him on the cross. However, it was Jesus Himself who allowed Himself to actually die.

Previously Jesus had told the disciples that He was freely laying down His life. He also told Pilate that he had no power to do anything to Him except what was given him by God. No one actually had the power to kill Jesus unless it was given them.

Before Jesus died, He had a work to finish. He had come to do whatever the Father wanted Him to do. Until that was done, His work was not done. The ultimate reason for Jesus to come to the earth was to save all mankind. It was not just to teach how to be good and how to love others, or just to heal people of sickness. It was to save them.

The only way Jesus could save men was to die for them. At the point of this happening, His work on this earth was finished. It was then that He gave up His Spirit and died.

God has you on this earth for a purpose, or even many purposes. Until everything that God wants you to do, you are not done. Do not give up. Keep going forward.

Seek God on what you are supposed to be doing. Do it with all that you have. Do not stop until it is accomplished. Do not sit back and think that you have made it. Until God calls you home in death, you have work to be done here on this earth. Finish the task that you have to do.

I pray today that God will reveal what He wants you to do; that God will give you the strength to do His work; that you will not stop the work early; and that God will use you to bring many to a saving knowledge of Jesus.