Thoroughness vs Incompleteness

This is WEEK 44 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!        

As a child I took great encouragement from a song about God working on me:

There really ought to be a sign upon my heart
Don’t judge him yet, there’s an unfinished part
But I’ll be better just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master’s loving hands

He’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me

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Thoroughly means:
1.exhaustively complete
2.painstakingly accurate or careful
3.absolute; utter

Synonyms for Thoroughly: completely, comprehensively, exceptionally, meticulously
Antonyms for Thoroughly: incompletely, partly, superficially

What the Bible Says About Being Thorough:
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
1 Cor 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Examples From The Bible:
Jacob:
(Genesis 29)Served out an additional 7 years for Rachel

Early Church Christians: (Acts 5:42) And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
Noah: completed the Ark
Solomon: completed the Temple

The Example Of Jesus To Us:
Luke 8:14 -15 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
John 9:4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.
John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Personal Thoughts and Application:
Jesus came to this Earth long ago with an important mission: to bridge the gap between God and man.  It was not an easy task to become human and yet remain God.  The sufferings He endured go beyond our comprehension, as well as the love that saw it through to the end and proclaimed “It is Finished!”  How grateful I am that I serve a God of completion.  He takes His time to accomplish His purposes, but He does so with precision and creative flair….and when He is finished, He declares “it is good!”.    We are given work and tasks to complete while here on Earth, prepared by God and meant just for us.  God wants us to take a craftsman’s and worker’s pride in ALL that we do while here on this Earth and to let our diligence in working to complete our projects reflect to a fallen world, His character and perseverance.  Paul and the other New Testament believers encourage us many times to endure, press on, and finish the race.   They also encourage us to turn to God for the endurance, steadfastness, resources, and hope that we need to see it through to the end.   

PRAYER FOR YOU:  May you not lose hope as you strive to complete projects and work tasks that seem insurmountable at times.  May you not lose hope that you are God’s handiwork, and He is working on you, with the intention of a finished creation….making you into the image of Christ.  May you rejoice this Christmas season as you remember that God sent Jesus to us, and Jesus completed his mission for us, reuniting us forever to Him.


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About Grace and Grit

As a Christian, to live the abundant life, we all need a lot of grace and grit... LIVING LIFE AND LUV'N IT...as God's Child, Wife, Mother, Physical Therapist, Fitness Enthusiast, Avid Book And Blog Reader, and fan of Lighthearted Humor and Fun “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

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