“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.“
Finish the work God has given you to do, period.
We have been assigned certain tasks to do on this earth. If you are a parent, you are called to raise your children. If you are a Christian, you are called to share your faith. If you start something, you should finish it. Why? Because finishing a task reflects the character of God. When God sent Jesus to be our sacrifice, He didn’t change his mind when Jesus turned 3o and leave the job undone. He followed through with what He promised. When we follow through on our God-given tasks, we embody the trust-worthiness of God. We do what we say we will do. We are people of our word.
Boundaries with tasks tell the world, “I have time for this one thing, and not one other thing until it is done.” While multi-tasking may be helpful for some, it can be a bad solution for others. And most multi-tasking leaves us falling short of excellence when we juggle too much at once.
Your task completion can be a “small” something or a “large” something. When you say you will play with your kids, play with your kids. If you promise your church you will serve at an event, please show up ready and on-time. When you commit to get up at 5am to pray, that alarm better be set and coffee ready to brew. I struggle to fold the laundry that is finally washed & dried, or will choose to only wash half the dishes in the sink instead of all of them. It took me three years to refinish a fireplace mantel I purchased for my daughter’s room, for no reason other than I didn’t make it a priority. THREE YEARS, people. It should have taken two weeks! I know I am not the only one.
1.) Make a list of outstanding tasks you have on your plate currently. Ask God to reveal which ones He gave you to complete, and which ones you committed to out of guilt or peer pressure. What does He say to do about both?
2.) Read chapters one and two of Genesis. You will notice that task completion is always paired with rest. Are you continuously in “work mode” because you never finish what you start? How does the story of creation speak to you about your work?
3.) No more procrastinating. Ask God which task you will complete before the beginning of next week, and then make it happen. Be aware the rest of this week how to finish everything you start.