Finishers

Photo Credit: Kirsten Malenke

Recently I realized a trend in my life when I looked around my apartment and found stacks of books that I had started yet not finished yet.

Nine books, to be exact.

I realized that I am better at starting things than I am at finishing. And I think our generation is too. Start a business, start a relationship, start a friendship, start something that matters. These echo all around as themes for our generation, and if I was honest, stress us all out.

Today I was reading in Colossians 1 about how God weaves His divine purposes for our lives throughout the Gospel. Even though I have been following Christ for some time, I realized that in my faith there is also this theme of starting but not really finishing. Starting a new study, starting a new small group, starting a deeper look into a specific topic, but not ever really finishing.

I am realizing that this theme in my life points to something that God already knows to be true about me, and He responds to this noncommittal trend in my life through His Word. According to Colossians 1, through the Holy Spirit, the Gospel has the ability in our lives to enable us to ‘bear fruit in every good work and to multiply’ (vs. 6) and it pushes us to ‘increase in the knowledge of God’ (vs. 10) and leads to God’s ultimate end to ‘restore to himself all things’ (vs. 20).

This is a powerful yet peaceful call on my life that God has equipped, empowered and emboldened me to pursue, and to finish. He loves us by equipping us, He assures us by empowering us, and He emboldens us in order for us to go.

On my own, my life is a maze of unfulfilled dreams, unending stress of FOMO, and unfinished books. And I know that it’s a bit silly to believe that only due to God, I am able to finish the nine books I have yet to finish reading. But it isn’t silly to believe that only God has given the boldness and the drive to finish the race that He has set out in front of us all with determined purpose for His greater glory.

Isaiah 55 speaks to God being a ‘finisher’ in verses 10 and 11, saying:

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

I truly believe God is in the business of finishing what He begins. I want to trust that He is able.

It’s time to finish what I start. And I’m going to start by finishing a book.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory to all generations forever and ever. Amen. — Ephesians 3:20–21
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