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Moses finished the work. Genesis 40.33
I’m a drop-out.
I know better than to join groups, classes, or book launch teams.
Because I drop-out and I dislike the way it makes me feel.
I joined a MasterMind group on Facebook over a month ago. I started out all gang-busters. I printed the lessons. I completed the tasks. I engaged online with the other group members. Then, I got distracted and it was over. Oh, I know there is grace but I really like to finish things I begin.
My word this year is discipline, applicable to three disciplines in my everyday life: Reading the Word, Praying, and Moving (as in exercise). Actually, even into the third month, things are going quite well!
I’m using a chronological read-through-the-Bible plan this year, as I discipline myself to read through it for the first time in my life! I love it! And, to make it even more pleasurable, I am using Eugene Peterson’s The Message translation.
Mr. Peterson, I would like to commend you on what I’m sure was your greatest life’s work. Thank you for finishing well.
God writes that Moses finished well. Moses, in my opinion, had the most difficult mission in the Bible EXCEPT for Jesus Himself. The things Moses had to do. Remember, he was no youngster either. He was about 80 years old when he led the Israelites out of Egypt and he led them in the wilderness for 40 years. I have a hard time remembering what I had on yesterday, and, I’m a lot younger than Moses was, and he had to remember colors, fabrics, materials, dimensions, sacrifices for everything under the sun, punishments, temple rituals, the types of animals, etc., etc., and etc. It could not have been easy, and, oh the testiness, the whining and complaining of the people – it got so bad that Moses basically said to God, “Kill me now! I can’t take it any longer!” But he kept on doing the next thing until finally, it was done.
Moses finished the work.
Here’s the lesson I learn from him: I will not take something on that I know I won’t follow through with, which means there are going to be lots of no’s and a very few good yes’s. When I stand before the Lord, I long to hear Him say,
Enter, you have finished the work.
Do you finish what you begin?