One of my favorite feelings occurs when I successfully finish a task. When I begin something I always have a sense of inner drive that pushes me to work toward finishing, not just finishing but finishing well. God had that same desire when He created Earth and everything that existed upon it.
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” Genesis 1:31
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.” Genesis 2:1
God finished the work. Jesus also set out to finish the work that God had set before Him to complete. “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” John 4:34
“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
“I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” John 17:4
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” John 19:30
Jesus finished what He started, He came to seek those who were lost and do die upon the cross that they might receive forgiveness for their sins. As He died upon the cross, He said, “It is finished”.
Today we have the ability to finish the work set before us, through the power of Jesus Christ and the work that He finished. In Acts we see Paul earnestly striving to finish the work he had been given. “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24
And later we read “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” 2 Timothy 4:7 Paul completed the ministry God had given him to do, he finished well.
I want to be like Paul, I want the power of Jesus Christ working through my life that others may see Him living in me.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Although I know that within myself it’s not in me to finish well, I do have the assurance in knowing that God who has started His work in me does have the ability to finish it well.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6