The Great Finisher – What Our World Needs Now

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Lead Pastor Ben Snyder extended a challenge to commit to something with faithfulness: relationally, spiritually, or personally. Whatever that may be, submit to it by praying and taking the next step. So often, when we commit to doing something, we take on the challenge all by ourselves. If we try hard enough, we believe we can get ourselves to the finish line.  Instead of trying to accomplish things independently, though, God invites us to receive from the Holy Spirit. He is the one that produces faithfulness in our lives.

This summer, I have some lofty goals that I want to accomplish. I want to get back into a good routine and have fun. So, to reach this goal, I decided to start a young adult volleyball group. It was easy for me to plan, but I had to start sending invites to young adults to be faithful to the plan.

I have not had as many people come as I’ve invited—it’s been less than 10. It can be disappointing when you reach out, and not many show up, or when you are faithful to something, and you do not see the results you wanted. So as I move forward, I must remember that the Holy Spirit produces the faithfulness I need to carry out his plan.

Knowing God has been so faithful in the past, I trust he will be faithful with this goal. I trust the Holy Spirit will guide and work in our hearts through this Group, and I rest on God’s faithfulness to me. As Ben shared this weekend, we will only be faithful to the degree that we remember God is faithful with us.

Philippians 1:6    
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

As I remember that God is the great finisher and has been faithful to me, I am empowered to be faithful in showing up every week to be a part of the work that God has started.

Questions:
How has God been faithful to you?

What do you want to accomplish by Labor Day?

What transformative work have you seen the Holy Spirit produce in your life when you have been faithful?

Next Steps:          
Challenge yourself to make a goal.

Be a part of something, whether it’s a Group, serving during a weekend service, or on Serve Day next month.

Prayer:
God, you are so faithful! Thank you for the certainty that you will continue the work you have started in my life and in others. I pray that the Holy Spirit will produce in me what I can’t do on my own. I know there are times when I forget or doubt your faithfulness—remind me of this as I take the time to pray about a goal that I am challenging myself to achieve. Help me put aside my striving efforts and remember how faithful you have been in the past and will be going forward. I trust you, God, and believe you will finish what you started. In Jesus’ name, amen.


This post was written by Rebecca Roberts, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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2 replies
  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    God has always made a way for me. Even when I drift away from the good habits I have made. I’m contemplating what I want to accomplish by labor day and my “Jesus Calling” reminds me not to stray from the good habits I have. Maybe that’s my goal?

  2. Denise Files
    Denise Files says:

    R u talking to me? I definitely needed to hear this and you have just given me the encouragement I needed! Glory 2God!

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