Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Promise of Completion

Some years ago, we began to talk about the need for Christians to "finish well." With so many voices competing for our attention, we needed to remind ourselves of the injunction to finish the race, keep the faith, fight the good fight.

In our zeal, many of us put pressure on ourselves to measure up, pushing ourselves beyond our limits in an effort to "perform" for God. In so doing, we put ourselves in bondage to a performance-driven works mentality. Is that what God intends for His dearly-loved children?

Hardly. He does call us to do the works He planned in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10) but He does not stand over us with a whip and chair. (Notice I said we "put pressure on ourselves to measure up.") When God wants us to accomplish something, His promptings are gentle and lead to a sense of order and peace.

Furthermore, be blessed as you consider the following passages.

"He who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion
until the day of Christ Jesus."
~Philippians 1:6

"May God himself, the God of peace,
sanctify you through and through.
May your whole spirit, soul and body
be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
~I Thessalonians 5:23-24

Who will see to it that His child finishes well? God will. Hallelujah!

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