Daily Devotional – 7/25/17 “Finish what you start!”

Have you ever seen a runner start a race and then decide, at the halfway point, this is too hard and walk off? Have you ever heard a preacher stop, in the middle of their sermon, and decide to quit simply because you weren’t listening? Have you ever driven 50 miles on a 100 mile trip but decide to turn around when it got dark? Have you ever gone half way through treatment and changed your mind? I’m asking because too many times, we forfeit some stuff by giving up too soon. I know you may not have been through some of the things I’ve mentioned above but I needed to give you a visual. I needed you to see how you are forsaking the blessing of going on. I need you to see the magnitude of giving up too soon. Is it always easy? Heck no. Is it worth it? Heck yes! This is why we have to stop getting defeated by the darkness when God, who is our light, is bright enough to get us through. We give up at the first sign of hardship when God has made us strong enough to endure. Beloved, you’ve got to finish what you start. How else can you get the credit you deserve? I mean, I checked and I have yet to see a reward for the person who gave up. I looked and I didn’t see a place on the scoreboard for someone who almost finished. I checked the website and I didn’t see a degree for somebody who almost graduated. Is there a place for somebody who almost succeeded?

Please understand, I am not talking about those who came in second; they finished. I am not talking about those who got a two degree, they finished. However, I am talking about those of us who begin something, only to quit when it gets tough. Yesterday, I almost quit the gym but then I felt the pain in my hips (from the weight) so I am pushing to finish what I started. I looked at my tuition bill and I almost quit school but I’ve got to finish what I started. I don’t know what you are thinking about giving up or that you are considering quitting but you have to finish what YOU started. In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul is talking to the churches of Macedonia about their giving. He said, they started when they were poor and being tested but their overflowing joy pushed them to give over what they could afford. Now Titus is being urged to go back to encourage them to finish. I am not sharing this in regards to money but for whatever it is you are thinking about quitting. For the bible says in 2 Corinthians 8:10-11, “And this is my opinion about what is helpful for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give, but even to have such a desire. Now finish the work, so that you may complete it just as eagerly as you began, according to your means.” Finish what you’ve started, on your terms. It’s easy to give up but rewarding to finish.

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Daily Devotional – 7/1/16 “Finish the assignment”

In this life we live, we are all on assignment; some call them seasons. Whatever you call them, we have them. Some of us have more than others but it doesn’t negate the fact that we have assignments. It’s like completing a grade in school. Once you’ve met all the requirements, you pass. If you happen to be the type that slacked off a little, you’ll need a little more so you go to summer school. For those who slacked off a lot, you’ll have to repeat the grade. It’s the same concept spiritually. When God has placed us on assignment, it is our duty to finish it. Yes, it may be hard and we go through moments of not understanding but we have to finish because it’s the only way we’ll get promoted. See, you have to understand this; God will never place us in an assignment He didn’t write the coursework for nor one He didn’t fully test. Neither will God ever place us in an assignment He hasn’t mapped out the action plan for leaving. This is why you have to trust Him going into the assignment, in the assignment and coming out of the assignment. And regardless of how we feel about it, it is not up for discussion because we can’t barter with God. We either go now or we go later. But understand, going later comes with a whole lot of stuff you might not necessarily like.

What do I mean? Well, when I was running from God’s call; I went through years of struggling. Yea, I struggled spiritually, mentally and financially. Never to the point of being homeless, depressed or suicidal but it was a struggle nonetheless. Yet, when I eventually accepted my assignment, I saw an immediate change. You may not believe this but God began to work in my life the very next day. This is why I said if you choose to go later, you might not like the stuff that comes along with putting off your assignment. Chile, you can run but you cannot hide. And please, don’t forfeit your assignment too early. Giving up in an assignment is like dropping out of school. You’ll still have to do the work whenever you come back. It’s like picking a peach before it’s ripe; you’ll still have to wait. So, don’t make it harder than it has to be. It’ll already be hard enough just with the things God requires of us so why add do it by leaving before it’s time? This is why you can’t just up and change worship places (it’s for jobs too) without consulting God. This is for leadership and members. Being a part of the fellowship of God is an assignment and you have to be released to leave. Don’t believe me? Why do you think you keep going back to the same thing/place you left? Or why do you think it feels like you’re starting over? It wasn’t your time to leave. Stay and finish your assignment and when it’s time, God will release you with directions to the new one.

God is paving