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Finished My Work

Finished My Work

03 June 2009

Scripture:

But now I have finished my work in these regions, and after all these long years of waiting, I am eager to visit you. (Romans 15:23 NLT)

Paul wrote this letter from Corinth to the believers in Rome. He wanted to see them and had begun making plans for a missions trip to Spain with a stop in Rome to fulfill a long-standing desire to encourage the Roman church.

It caught my attention that Paul said his work “in these regions” was finished. He refers to his ministry from Jerusalem to Illyricum (Northeast of Italy) and he said his work there was finished! This didn’t mean that everyone in the region was saved. It didn’t mean that all the churches were perfect or had the perfect leadership in place. It also didn’t mean that he was through with hard work, with facing challenges, with taking steps of faith. It simply meant that his specific assignment there was completed.

It’s so important to know and be committed to God’s specific assignment for our lives. It’s equally important to be aware of the seasons of our lives and of God’s assignment – to recognize when a season is finished and an assignment is completed.

I believe it’s healthy to have sincere and deeply held desires for our future and be willing and ready to move toward fulfilling those desires when a season and an assignment is finished. But it’s foolish to expect that those desires and plans will be fulfilled in just the way we determined and on the schedule we set.

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. (Proverbs 16:9 NLT)

Prayer:

Father, There’s so much for me to learn from the honest account of the adventures of Paul. Thanks for taking the time to teach me. Thanks for your patience with me when I’m slow to get it. This morning I’m thinking about the importance knowing your specific assignment for me, and of recognizing the seasons of life and ministry. I’m learning to be honest with you about my deeply held desires. I’m learning about making plans, and about trustingly placing the outcome in your faithful and capable hands. Be it unto me according to your will and your word. Amen!

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