Published March 27, 2018

Shelia Shares

Luke 14: 28-30 is a wonderful passage about starting and finishing:

"For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it? Lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish'?"

The Bible often speaks of finishing. 2 Timothy 4:7 says, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

Jesus was speaking in John 4:34: "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work." Jesus seemed determined to finish all that had been placed before Him.

In fact, when Jesus was hanging on the cross, he gave a victory shout, "It is finished!" It looked like defeat. But the victory was in the empty tomb, in the resurrection and in the ascension.

Jesus finished what He came to do.

We'll be judged not by what we start but by what — and how — we finish.

- Shelia Heil

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