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Finish the Work

I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.  John 17:4 NIV

finish the workSometimes God calls us on the spur of the moment to finish the work.

While driving to work one day, I saw a weathered woman dragging an oversized suitcase down the sidewalk. I sensed the Spirit tapping me on the shoulder, so I pulled over, rolled down the passenger window, and called, “Do you want a ride?”

Relieved, she and her luggage climbed aboard. On the way to the bus station, where she was headed, she told a sad story of moving to town for a new job and being run over on her bicycle by a semi-truck, breaking her leg in the process. The trucker pressed charges against her, and she was jailed since she had no insurance or money to pay for the accident. At the end of her jail term, her mom sent her money for a bus ticket home. By then, the job was long gone.

Our drive together was brief, but God operates beyond time. He helped me show her His lovingkindness and grace. She was astounded to learn about God’s love and sacrifice. Weeping, she gave her life to Jesus.

The woman who left my car looked nothing like the one who’d entered. Her face glowed with her newfound faith. We hugged goodbye. On the way to work, I rejoiced over how God intercepts us as His ministers of reconciliation. The woman had many needs. I could have taken her to breakfast, given her money, or paid for a taxi.

God simply wanted me to give her a ride—and Jesus. Her whole world shifted in fifteen minutes. And by completing the job God called me to do, I glorified God as Jesus did by finishing what God sent Him to do.

How can you tune in to the Spirit so that you can recognize God’s call to action, complete the work He has called you to do, and bring glory to Him?

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Kim Robinson

Kim Robinson is a former schoolteacher who has taught in rural and central Oregon, Alaska, and with Mercy Ships in Africa. She currently lives in Salem, Oregon, where she is delighted to serve the Lord as a mom, grandma, writer, copy editor, and encourager of others.