“I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.”

John 17:4


You may not have the time to do all that you want to do but you do have enough time to do what you need to do. Because what you need to do is what God wants you to do and if you capitalize on what you need to do God will make sure you have the time to do it.

Jesus was in ministry for only 3 years; He had to revolutionize the meaning of the Old Testa- ment law, He had to introduce the gospel (a message that was totally unique). He had to change the over 2000 year old mindset of the Jewish culture (They thought that a relationship with God was based on what you do); He had to change the perspective of an entire world on sin, salvation, and spirituality. He had to die for the sins of the world: past, present, and future. He had to become the founder and the head of a brand new entity called the Church.

Jesus told the Father in our text for today, “I have glorified You on the earth, I have finished the work which You have given Me to do…” He may not have finished all the things He wanted to do but He finished all the things God wanted Him to do.

You can only focus on one thing at a time, and if you get too many things to do at the same time you’re going to have plates crashing all over the place. We all have our plates full but we need to make sure that we have our plates full with the most important things.

Commenting on John 17:4, blind minister and hymnwriter George Matheson said, “Was the work of the Master indeed done? Was not His heaviest task yet to come? He had not yet met the dread hour of death. Why did He say, then, that His work was done? It was because He knew that when the will is given, the battle is ended! . . . The cup which our Father gives us to drink is a cup of the will. It is easy for the lips to drain it when once the heart has accepted it. The act is easy after the choice.”

Yes, that is where the battle lies. If, like Jesus, we delight to do the Father’s will, then the work He assigns will be done with grace and without hesitation, no matter what the personal sacri- fice may be.

Friends, it’s wonderful to do the Lord’s work, but it’s greater still to do the Lord’s will.


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