Scripture: from verse 17
See that you complete the task you were given in the Lord.
Observation: This is a reminder that Paul addresses to a specific person, but it applies to all of us. We are set a task. We have to complete it.
It’s easy to leave spiritual work half-done. If our work is to pray or to love or something like that, we may not see concrete results from our work. There may not be a physical sign that we are finished. So we tend to assume that we have finished as soon as we’ve done anything, when God may be calling us to keep going.
All we can do is wait for God’s peace to release us. If we are to pray, we keep praying. If we are to love, we keep loving. If we are to write or dance or eat or talk, we keep going until we are finished. We are accomplishing a great deal in the spiritual world as we do His will, and He can see it even when we cannot.
Application: Have patience and keep going. Wait for God to tell you what to do.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for giving me tasks to complete for you. Help me to be patient and persevering and accomplish what you want me to accomplish. Amen.