Thought for the Day – Follow Through
Philippians 1:3-6 ( NKJV ) I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
The Greek word used for “complete” means to fulfill, execute, finish.
You cannot finish anything unless you follow through. We know from this scripture that the Lord will follow through with His intentions for us. The question is – will we follow through.
The Apostle Paul spoke many times about finishing and fulfilling the goals in his ministry. The one that speaks to this thought the most is:
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ( NLT ) Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
Run to win! What a thought that is.
Don’t run just to run but have a purpose, an end goal.
How many people go through their Christian life just wanting to get by? I’ve met so many that are happy they have their ticket to Heaven that they don’t care about anything else or anyone else.
Follow through. Finish the race set before you.
Don’t ease up. Don’t waver. Don’t quit.
James 1:2-8 ( NKJV ) My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Whatever it is that the Lord put on your heart to do for Him, just do it. And, if the door hasn’t opened to you yet keep working at it. Be prepared. The worst thing that could happen is that the Lord suddenly calls to you to do what He needs of you and you are not ready. The great witnesses of faith in the book of Hebrews knew what God promised would happen but they did not know when. So, they had to live their life with a faith and expectancy of the promise. Some messed up by getting ahead of the Promise with manmade efforts. Do not make that mistake.
Hold on to the promise and follow through.
If you do your part He is faithful to do His part.
He will follow through on the promise for you.
Will you follow through for Him? Or, will you live a life of regret for not finishing the race?
Hebrews 12:1-2 ( NKJV ) Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Richard J Grund
Solomon’s Porch, Inc.
P.O. Box 713 Windermere, FL 34786-0713