In HIS Presence


Read: JOHN 17:1-19

Meditation verse:
“I brought glory to You here on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do” (John 17:4 NLT)

Whilst it is good to begin a project, true satisfaction and pride come from completing that which you started. The glory is in the finishing. No biblical character exemplified the need to focus on finishing than Jesus Christ. Whilst on earth, He focused on the assignment given to Him by His Father. He said things like: “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34). “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4). And on finishing, He said, “I brought glory to You here on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do” (John 17:4 NLT).

Paul the Apostle also lived this truth. He said: “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:14). And on finishing He said “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Tim 4:7-8). Both shaped the history of Christianity in very profound ways.

The bible puts it aptly by stating that: “the end of a thing is better than its beginning” (Eccl 7:8). Without focusing on the goal, you may not get there. See how an athlete on a race keeps his eyes fixed on the finished line. He refuses to be distracted by those running beside him. Keep your eyes on the assignment that God has given you. Refuse to be distracted by exigencies or distractions of the times. We are living in very difficult and unprecedented times, but you must keep pressing towards the mark. Then when all is said and done, you can boldly say “I fought a good fight, I have finished my course”.



IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

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