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NOT FINISHED

 

Joshua 18:1-2 “1 Then the whole congregation of the sons of Israel assembled themselves at Shiloh, and set up the tent of meeting there; and the land was subdued before them. 2 There remained among the sons of Israel seven tribes who had not divided their inheritance.”

DON’T STOP UNTIL YOU’RE DONE

It’s hard to understand why the sons of Israel hesitated taking the land that had been given to them. God had done so many miracles in their midst, and yet, they were still slow about claiming what was theirs.  Only Judah and Joseph had claimed their land in the Promised Land.  The rest of the people were just hanging out, I guess.  They had not completed their tasks.

I will never forget a dear friend of mine who passed away in his eighties.  He was in church the night he died. It was a Wednesday night, and they were giving testimonies.  He had stood up to give his when he collapsed.  When the person next to him knelt down to him he heard him say these last words, “But I’m not done yet!”  I have thought of that often.  This friend of mine had much more living to do for Jesus, he thought, but the Lord called him home.

TEACHING MOMENT

Children have to be taught how to complete chores, don’t they?  You can’t just tell them to do something and expect it to get done.  You take the time to show them how to do it and how it should look when they are finished.  A half-mowed lawn does not look good.  A half-loaded dishwasher won’t get the dishes clean.  They must learn to follow through to the end. Complete the task.  Finish the job.

We are preparing them for their future.  This applies not only to their jobs, school work or hobbies, but it also applies to the task they will receive from the Lord.  Finishing well pleases Him.  Notice I didn’t say it has to be perfect.  Only God is perfect.  But He does want us to do our very best and complete the tasks He gives us.

Are you putting off something the Lord has asked you to do?  What have you started and not finished?  Commit today to finish that task.  Let the Lord show you exactly how and what He wants you to do for Him.  He is a great teacher.

Finish the job!  Complete the work!  Then rest in knowing you have pleased the Master.

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