Complete the Work.
At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. 27 They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. 28 When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected, I will leave for Spain by way of you. 29 I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.
A lesson we can learn from Paul is gleaned from Romans 15:25, 28. Paul completed one assignment before beginning another. He had collected an offering from the Gentile believers to help the Jewish believers in Jerusalem. Paul purposed to complete the “offering” assignment before beginning the “Spain” assignment which would allow him to distribute his grace gifts to the Roman local church on the way to Spain.
So often believers fail to complete the assignments they have received from God before they move on to something else. The Sardis local church was guilty of this and told by Jesus to complete the works they had been assigned to do (Revelation 3:1-3). Look at the example of Jesus in a conversation between Jesus and His Father recorded in John 17:4, “I glorified you on earth, having completed the work you gave Me to do.”
Do you have the tendency to not finish one assignment from God before beginning another?
Completing an assignment is hard work. Not completing an assignment is easy. We tend toward the easy. If you tend to not complete your God-given assignments, you need to repent and begin to complete the work He has given you to do and so glorify His name.
We have the power of the Holy Spirit to do what is hard. We access that power by faith in Jesus. We exercise faith in Jesus when we attempt to do His will fully expecting Him to help us complete it. We all need to complete one God-given assignment before going on to another so we can go on in the full blessing of the Lord.
What is your God-given assignment(s)?
May you have the endurance to complete your assignment(s).
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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