Jesus said, I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. What an amazing statement! Oh that we all, at the end of this life, could stand before our Lord and Savior and say, "I am done with the work that you have given me to do."
4. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
5. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
John 17:4-5, King James Version
In praying to the Father, Jesus told God that He had done all that God had called Him to do!
What an amazing statement! I know that we are not perfect, as is Christ, but what a great goal. Oh that we all, at the end of this life, could stand before our Lord and Savior and say, "I have done all of the work that you have given me to do."
Of course, that presumes that first, we know what work Christ would have for us to do, and second, that we set that goal as the priority of our life here on earth. Of course, I know that all seems rather basic, but yet it is also profound. Why do I say that? I say that because so very few professing Christians actually have such priorities in their lives.
This world has such a firm hold on our lives, that the things of the world have long ago stolen our attention away from the things of the Lord. It is time that we, Christians, stop and think about who we are, what we are doing, and where we are going!
Jesus never had that problem. He lived in this world, and was even tempted by the things of the world, as are we. However, He never lost his focus on his true purpose for being here.
Why are we here? Like Christ, we are here to do the will of the Father. Obviously we cannot die for the sins of the people, but God has a specific purpose for every single Christian in this world.
Let us, then, rethink our lives and our goals, so that we, too, may be able to stand before Christ and say, I have done all of the work which you have given to me to do.
Amen! So let it be!