For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have.
—2 Corinthians 8:9-11 (NKJV)
Have you ever started something and not finished it? Maybe circumstances kept you from reaching your goal. Perhaps you were distracted. Whatever the reason, you lost your drive to complete what you started.
What if the work you once started came from a vision God gave you? It was something He desired to use you to bring to life. In the beginning, you believed in that vision with all your heart and soul. You poured your life into it. You gave your love, your time, and your support, but you never saw your efforts make any difference. Perhaps you became weary because of the constant struggle to attain that vision. You just lost heart.
Pouring your life into His vision is not the answer. Your human efforts profit you nothing. They burn you out. Allowing the Holy Spirit to pour His life into the vision is the only answer. He brings the vision to life—not you. It is His responsibility—not yours. Only the Spirit gives life. You are His to guide—to direct—to use.
You were the one to whom God imparted the vision. You were the one to get it started. You can only bring life to it with the power God has given you. God’s perfect will is for His vision to be completed, but you can’t make a vision happen—even with all you have done to inspire others to receive it. God will bring His vision to completion with the support He gives. He always supplies the means to bring life to His will. It is His promise for the vision to be completed because it is His work—not yours. It is His power—not yours. You can’t go by what you feel. You go by what He declares to be true.
You are rich because of the finished work of Jesus! His grace is enough! God has made you rich in His purpose. He has given you His power to bring life to the vision. Don’t allow your feelings and the enemy to destroy what God has revealed to your heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to give life to it. Believe no matter what you feel or what comes against His vision. Give out of His riches and trust Him to complete what only He can finish.
He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
—1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NKJV)
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