“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means” (2 Corinthians 8:9-11, NIV).
Do you have something you believe God has called you to do―a vision that you believe in with all of your heart? Is it something into which you have poured your heart and soul? Maybe you have not seen the work of your hands bring you closer. Perhaps you have become weary because of constant struggle for it to become real. You are tired, and ready to walk away. You might have forgotten that you do not own the vision or your calling. The vision from God and the calling He has given you belong to Him. You are only the hands and feet. It takes His power to accomplish His purpose in your life.
The Lord does not want you to give up. He just wants the best you can offer now in this time of your life. “Now finish the work” Paul writes, “according to your means.” You can only finish to the best of your ability according to what you have been given. God's perfect will is for the vision to be completed, but you can't make a vision happen―even from all you have done to inspire others to catch your vision. If you have given the work your very best, God will bring it to completion in His time with the support of those around you, or He will give you another means to achieve it. Just give what you have now, and finish it to be best of your ability. That is all you can do. It is His promise for the work to be completed.
As rich as Jesus was He made himself poor for your sake, and has made you rich in His purpose. If He is your life and purpose, one day He will accomplish your vision and calling through the work you offer now. “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24, NIV).
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