Michelangelo was an Italian sculptor, architect, and poet, whose artistic accomplishment exerted a tremendous amount of influence on his contemporaries and on subsequent European art. However, the sad part about his life was he left many of his works unfinished.
Whether all his creatures realize it, God, the divine sculptor and architect of the universe, finished his works (Genesis 2:1-2). Having finished creating the world, he evaluated it and said it was good (Genesis 1:3-4). Then he rested. He rested, not because he was weary, but because creation was finished. Not only did God finish his creation, Jesus finished the work of redemption. As he was finishing his earthly work, Jesus explained that his nourishment came from doing the will of God and finishing his work (John 4:34). And he finished the work God gave him. While on the cross, Jesus cried out, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) Access to an authentic relationship with God was now available through the sacrificial death of Jesus. After Jesus finished the work of redemption, he sat down at the place of honor at God’s right hand (Hebrews 10:12).
As Jesus followers we are called to finish our God-ordained assignments (Colossians 4:17). Our lives are worth nothing, unless we give ourselves to doing and finishing the work assigned to us by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News of God’s love and grace. Let’s finish the work assigned to us, so we can say like the Apostle Paul: “I have fought a good fight. I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” (2 Timothy 4:7). Don’t rest your life until you invest your life in the kingdom of God.
What are some projects you have started and finished? What would you like to finish your life being/doing?
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