Jesus said to his Father, “I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
What words of accomplishment and satisfaction that though His work was bitter, He carried it through to the end. He accomplished what was set out in the beginning.
In Malay there is a saying “Ada kepala, tak buntut” (literally “have head, no tail”) and it is oft used as a criticism of someone who begins a work and does not complete it.
People who have this characteristic are said to be unreliable. They would be the go-getters who have lots of ideas and enthusiasm at first, love to be involved in something new for it is fun, but when the going gets tough, they are not tough enough to sustain their enthusiasm and persevere to the end. Somebody else has to pick up the pieces to run with it to completion.
Do we find such people in churches, Bible study cell groups, Sunday Schools, youth fellowships and other groups in church and Christian ministry organizations? Such behaviour cause difficulties to people who head up these activities, when last minute backups have to be sought so that the beneficiaries of such services are not disappointed or worse feel let down. It is worse when a pastor or elder or deacon falls into this category of people with beginnings and no ends. If you are one of those who start, but do not stay to the end, being easily distracted, please be reminded that Christ was an example of one who finished His work and we should follow Him. There is a saying that tough times never last but tough people do. Be a tough person and not drop out.
Paul’s advice to young Timothy was “Thou therefore endure hardness as a soldier of Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 2:3.
In James 1:12 it is said “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation : for when he is tried. he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” Is your temptation to start something half way and then to give up? Don’t give up if you love the Lord. He promises you a crown of life if you persevere for Jesus.
The Christian life is not a bed of roses though some may wish it to be.
Sadly, they drop out when they find it actually calls for sacrifice and the taking up of the cross to follow Jesus. Jesus warned “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62. Such a person will not finish the work.
May we be found faithful to the end and finish that which He has assigned us to do.
A faithful man shall abound with blessings. Proverbs 28:20