Monday, October 6, 2008

Unfinished Business

It is very exciting to embark upon new beginnings, but the real challenge is to finish what we have started. Often we may be inspired to dance to a certain song, have an idea for a new garment design, or deisre to host a special event in the near future. All of these concepts can be great, but if we are not careful, we can end up dreaming more often than we accomplish the goal. If we continue to advertise without delivering on the promise, we will appear foolish and be perceived as untrustworthy to our peers and fellow co-laborers.

Much of our unfinished projects can be tied to lack of prayer, insufficient planning, and over-ambition. We cannot second-guess everything that we do; however, with the Lord's direction and clear guidelines, we will be able to finish the work that we start. If we find ourselves starting choreography that never seems to end, we need clarity. When the workshop that we planned, advertised, and collected money for has to be cancelled due to lack of response, we need direction from the Lord. If we continue to have meetings about future activities and events and the key staff members and leaders are regularly missing from conversation, we need to wait upon the Lord.

Whatever the Lord has instructed us to finish, we must not faint. It's time to move forward to completion! If we have procrastinated or lingered beyond the time that we were appointed to complete an assignment, it is time to repent and get back to work! If we continue to repeat the same cycles, we will end up dizzy. When we walk according to the path that the Lord has directed for us, we will keep moving forward as we walk in obedience.

Joshua 11:15 (NKJV)
As the LORD had commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did. He left nothing undone of all that the LORD had commanded Moses.

2 Chronicles 8:16 (NKJV)
Now all the work of Solomon was well-ordered from the day of the foundation of the house of the LORD until it was finished. So the house of the LORD was completed.

Nehemiah 6:9 (NKJV)
For they all were trying to make us afraid, saying, “Their hands will be weakened in the work, and it will not be done.” Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.

Acts 14:26 (NKJV)
From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had completed.

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