“Now finish the work so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it.”
2 Corinthians 8:11 NIV – Everyone loves a strong start. There’s a certain rush of adrenaline and excitement that accompanies a new task, idea or commitment. Do you remember the last time you set out to organize every bit of clutter in the house? Or the last time you joined a gym, started a cleanse and launched a new diet? The first few days are great! The novelty of the idea or task presses us on. Over time, however, that novelty wears off and soon, what was once new is now mundane and no longer very interesting.
We are often enthusiastic starters, but there is a special joy that God wants us to experience – the joy of completion. The joy of seeing that the work was worth it. The joy of surveying your work from a distance and seeing a job well done. But such joy isn’t easy to come by. Much like a marathon, we have to endure pain and struggle and fatigue and press on even when we feel like quitting. We must dare to be women who not only start well; but finish well. We must dare to cross the finish line.
I love the story of the Good Samaritan who helped the injured man on the side of the road. When no one else would stop, he did. He bandaged his wounds, but he didn’t stop there. He took him to an inn where he was fed and cared for. And the next day, he came back to pay for any other costs involved in this man’s full restoration. The Good Samaritan finished well. The Word tells us that, ³He who began a good work in you will see it through to completion. For us to be true followers of Jesus, then we have to learn how to follow His commitment to finish well. Jesus stuck with His disciples on both their best and worst days. He never threatened to leave them even when they chose to leave Him. From doubting Thomas, to a denial from Peter and a betrayal from Judas, Jesus was surrounded by people who didn’t finish what they started. And yet, He didn’t let their failure deter the completion of the work He had begun in each of them. His commitment was and is unconditional. He is the ultimate finisher. Remember in those last agonizing moments as Jesus hung on the cross, He didn’t hang His head or breathe His last breath until He uttered the words, “It is finished.” He left no captive bound; no sin unforgiven; no enemy undefeated. He endured death until victory was won and our eternity secure.
So what about you and me? I’m often aware of many things left undone in my life. Relationships with no closure, hurts untreated, loose ends abound! However, we are called to be finishers. We should be the modern-day Samaritans, modeling the character of a Savior who always ends well. In our communities and families, we should be known as those who care enough to stay with people through the good and the bad. Our words should be reliable. Our commitments, as strong at the end as they are at
the beginning. We should embody the words from the Apostle Paul and run our race until we gain our crown at the finish line. I dare you today to take an inventory of the things that you need to complete. Where are the loose ends in your life? What promises have you made that remain to be met? Projects, promises and relationships all need
to have the joy of completion. Don’t let your life read like an unfinished sentence. See it through to the end and dare to discover the joy of being a finisher.
YOUR DAILY DARE
1. What areas do you need to commit to complete?
2. Where have you left doors open that need to be closed?
3. Who is on your path that needs you to be their Good Samaritan?