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Finishing Well
9/25/2019

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)

We all have pet peeves — those things that can get under our skin, so-to-speak.  For me, one of them is going into a restroom and finding a toilet having been used, but not flushed.  Is it really so hard for someone to push the little lever down when they are done? And then there are those who lift the toilet seat up, but don’t put the seat down—they started fine, but they just don’t seem to finish well.  

The aspect of “not finishing well,” affects virtually every aspect of our lives — it’s in the workplace, in relationships between husband and wives, and can even make its way into our Christian walk.  All this to say, shouldn’t we finish what we start, and put forth the effort to try to do it the right way?

Q: So what causes us to choose to not finish a job, task, or a relationship in the proper way?

Well, it could be due to a lack of discipline or simply by becoming distracted.  Perhaps it’s because follow-through skills are lacking.  It could be we have too much upon our plate and we simply don’t have enough time, or we can finish poorly simply because we suffer from what is known as, laziness. Truth be told, laziness actually plays a big role in not finishing well. Laziness is usually a form of lethargy or apathy—lacking energy or simply not caring. Listen to what the Bible says about laziness in the proverbs.

· The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor (Prov. 12:24).  

· A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again (Prov. 19:24).  

·The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing (Prov. 20:4). 

· As a door turns on its hinges, So does the lazy man on his bed (Prov. 26:14). 

· As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy man to those who send him (Prov. 10:26). 

To say being lazy is just a character trait is to minimize the truth, because according to God, it is sin and it is to be abhorred (Rom 12:9).  We’re told in 1 Timothy 5:8 that those who choose not to work because of laziness and therefore fail to provide for themselves or their family — because of laziness — have denied the faith and are considered worse than an unbeliever. 

Even when we are without employment, we are still able to help others, and to be used in a mighty way by our Lord, but we need to be willing to serve and help others.  We have each been given great gifts and skillsets, and we should be using them to help others.  It is important for us to be on guard against the enemy’s temptation to sit idle, because it will develop into a pattern, and we will be less inclined to get going again when opportunity comes our way. 

We can see Jesus’ approach to finishing a job correctly as He testified to it being a priority.  We see what He said as written in the Book of John.    

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work." John 4:34 (NKJV)

Now, to be clear here — I don’t think the world is going to come to an end if the toilet seat is left up, nor am I going to make a stink about the toilet not being flushed (pun intended).  But I do want to make a point — whatever we do, we need to be doing it as unto the Lord (Col. 3:17, 23; 1 Cor 10:31).  I want to encourage you today – be your best, give your best, finish strong!

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional about being a good worker for God, and about being slothful or lazy?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you being good at following through with the projects you have started?  Are you working as if unto God and not man?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to discipline your body and become a good worker as unto the Lord.  Focus on doing the best job you can and having a joyful heart while you do it. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY:  Father, thank You for guiding me in the truth of Your Word.  Help me to be filled with Your energy today, and to be faithful about finishing well—in my job, and in my Christian walk.  Show me how to be a blessing to others, and may You be glorified in all I do.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott 

 

 


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