Finishing Our Work

As we approach Easter, we turn our attention to Christ’s days preceding his crucifixion, death, and resurrection. In John 17, we find Jesus’ “Priestly Prayer”. This prayer is a model for us to see how Christ now stands in God’s presence interceding for us. Look at Hebrews 7:23-25…

23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

But as Christ begins his Priestly Prayer, he makes a very important statement that also would apply to you and me as we seek to pursue the mission ordained for us. John 17:4 states:

I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.

Just a God gave Jesus a crucial mission that only he could complete, so also God has ordained a unique mission for each one of us. Ephesians 2:10 tells us:

10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

So, you and I were created in Christ to complete specific good works that God prepared for us before we were even born. That is mind-blowing! Yet what is more, as with Christ, we actually get to bring glory to God as we seek to finish the work God has given us to do.

But we are not to complete these good works which God prepared for us in our own strength. In the same way that Jesus Christ spent much time in prayer seeking the support of God’s Spirit, we also are called to complete our unique missions not in our own strength, but rather in the strength of the Holy Spirit. Philippians 2:13 instructs us accordingly:

13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose”.

So, this Easter, consider letting the Holy Spirit, that same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead (See Romans 8:11), empower you to complete the good works he has ordained for you. For our lives are meant for so much more than the mere humdrum daily routine. Look for, and allow the Holy Spirit to enable you to see beyond your routine and so perceive and complete the mission to which you have been called.

If you are confused about what your mission calling looks like, I want to encourage you to complete the assessments found at https://www.assessme.org, and read my book: Made for a Mission. May that same Spirit, who raised Christ from the dead, dwell in you and empower you to serve our Lord faithfully.