There is a hidden truth in this scripture which could be easily overlooked and it is, whatever works have been assigned to us, our lifetime is enough time to accomplish them. As the very workmanship of God, with gifts given, grace abounding daily and the fullness of the Holy Spirit, what could we possibly lack to get the job done?
Many of us might say money or maybe people to help, but I believe the greatest resource we lack is the wisdom and understanding that can only come from the presence of God. With these, we have the insight and knowledge of times, seasons, relationships and purpose for each. When we don’t understand the purpose of something we have a tendency to misuse it. Without these we are not capable of acknowledging the resources God has committed to us. We become like the children of Israel looking at manna for the first time ~ ‘what is it?’
When the Father commits a word to us, it is the beginning of a work done in us and then through us. The word is sown and it creates a work required of us. The word comes in seed form; the day of small beginnings. The seed contains the fullness. In other words, an apple seed holds the entire apple. An acorn holds an entire oak tree. Everything needed to be a fully developed is in the seed. It lacks no potential. Given the right conditions it brings forth the fullness of it’s creation.
So too, every word that God gives us has not only the beginning but the ordained end. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He sees the beginning and the end. He doesn’t simply ordain a start but he ordains the finish as well. His word goes forth and accomplishes what He sends it to do. The word assigns a beginning to the work and the finish or fulfillment of it.
Jesus put his disciples in a boat with the instructions to go to the other side. This simple command carried with it everything they needed to get to the other side. When they were overcome by the storm, Jesus rebuked them by asking why they were so timid. His question implies that they had the ability and the authority to deal with the circumstances they met. Whatever was needed to ‘get to the other side’ was held in the original command given by Jesus.
Luke 14:29-30 reminds us that unfinished work is ridiculed. When we stop working it is because we have stopped watering the word or we might need to get the rocks out of the soil of our heart. Daily we must remember our enemy goes about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour, stop, discourage, hinder, make sick, rob resources of people, time and money, but if we SUBMIT to God and RESIST the devil, he will flee.
Our driving goal in life must be to begin and finish the Words assigned works given us. Paul from Acts 20:24 said his only aim was to finish the race and complete the task the Lord has given him, which was to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Jesus said in John 4:34 my food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Jesus last words from John 19:30 were ‘It is finished’.
Paul said in 2 Timothy verses 7,8; I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
The issue these days is to keep moving forward towards that finish line. To not be weary with well doing, but to press into Him, strong in the grace He gives and strengthen with might for His purposes. For the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do