In my prayer time this morning, the Holy Spirit gave me an interesting thought. “My people need to consider finishing or completing old things.” “Okay, God, what exactly does that mean?” And as I waited for God to continue His dialogue, my mind went to several scriptures that He could be referring to, but oops, my own list of tasks.
Convicted, I’ve got to finish editing the book I’m working on. After a few minutes of my mental inventory of uncompleted projects, God got back into the conversation. He will often bring something to our heart and mind, and then give us time to do a self-evaluation of our personal situation. But God usually has other things in mind as well. How often have you started something, put it down for a short break, and then weeks or months (hopefully not years) later, it is still unfinished? Guilty and let’s face it, we loose interest in some of the things we start. What about God?
God started a good work in the creation of our present world. It had been destroyed because of rebellion and lawlessness in the pre-Adamite world, the one where Lucifer was in charge directly under God. Here we come, and not just to live life but also to have it abundantly, fully engaged with God, and to do the work that Jesus began and will finish. But there is a lot of work in-between the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
”That ye put of concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.” Ephesians 4:22-25 KJV
I believe that God is speaking today about getting our personal house in order, and to complete the work He started—making disciples of the nations. We have to be the first disciple. We can’t give what we don’t have. Have you shared your witness about what the Lord has done for you to your family, neighbors, people you are in conversation with? It is amazing how you can tell people about the goodness of Jesus without preaching a sermon (smile). One of the easiest ways—show the Jesus in you in everything you do. As the scripture shows, our speech, what we desire to look at and read; all show the old man or the new man in Christ … Let us complete the old man and be made completely new in Christ—living in holiness—because God is Holy.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for considering me today, and giving me the strength and desire to change my life. Only you can help me complete the good work that you started in me. And Lord, if there are things in my life that need to be completed show me; give me the knowledge of what to do, and the strength to do it. Amen.