From my last post: “Stay tuned for the letter ‘F’. I am guessing that it will be a word that one usually does not ascribe to God. And, it just might be the best two minutes of your day!” For the whole post…The 5th letter is…
Words like Faithful, Forgiving, and Friendly generally come to mind when thinking about God. Is God all of these things? Certainly, he is also First, Fun, Fair, and Forever. But these are not the words I am writing about today.
Hopefully, you are on the edge of your seat, just waiting for the F word. Perhaps you have already guessed the word in your mind. Maybe you feel indifferent and don’t really care. Whatever you are feeling, I am done stalling.
The Word – Finished
The Worth – God has already made provision for sin and provided salvation for any who will believe. This is all due to His great love for us.
The thing that I want to emphasize is the past tense of that statement. God already did the work. It is finished. In fact, Jesus said, “It is Finished!” while hanging on the cross! In an earlier post this year, I explained the concept of being finished or complete with a project or task. Click here to read it.
The following passages will give greater insight; Hebrews 1:1-3, Colossians 2:13-15, Romans 5:8, Hebrews 9:12. And these are only a sampling…
If you take the time to read these verses, you will find a common thread. They all speak of God doing something. As in, he already did it. In the past. Done. Over and complete. I only gave four references but there are many, many more.
Living for God comes down to this truth;
I cannot earn my salvation because of anything I do. I can, however, accept the gift of salvation because of what God has done.
This is possible because He is finished.
The work of salvation has been completed.
Forgiveness precedes repentance.
The Work – So can I just coast through life knowing that my salvation is complete? If God is finished, what more can I do? Even though we are made complete in Him, we still this flesh with which to contend. It is a process.
Everyday, we can begin again in our journey to know the love of God.
Everyday, we can experience that same love that sent Jesus to the cross.
Everyday, we can go deeper in relationship with our Creator.
Everyday, despite our fears or feelings, our God can reveal His love again.
Everyday, we can know that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
Ask God to show you His love. See if that changes things. I bet it will.