IT IS FINISHED!
“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit” John 19:30
Webster defines procrastination as “the action of delaying or postponing something”. Often times we procrastinate because the task is something that is unpleasant or is tedious. We will find excuse after excuse as to why we just simply don’t want to complete the task. Until the last minute, when the hour, minutes and seconds are ticking down on the clock, then do we finally realize that “I’ve got to get this done”!
Procrastination will and can rob anyone from having the feeling of “completion”. Procrastination really is finding ways to avoid doing a task which needs to be done. It is also stalling, being hesitant, or delaying something because it is something that may be unpleasant or boring to do. When a person avoids doing a task that needs to done, or continues to find excuses not to do something, they are in the act of “procrastination”. Waiting until the last minute to get something done is the “fruit” of procrastination.
At the tender young age of twelve, Jesus was focused on completing what He was sent by God to do. When He and his parents travelled to Jerusalem to celebrate the yearly Feast of the Passover, when it was time for them to leave, Jesus was found in the temple, “sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking questions”. [Luke 2:46 NKJV]
Upon finding her son, she asked Him, “Son why have you done this to us? Look your father and I have sought you anxiously”. (Luke 2:48). In verse 49, Jesus responded, Why did you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?
Suppose Jesus procrastinated or lost and changed His focus on completing His Father’s business. Imagine if He procrastinated about going to the cross? What would have happened if Jesus found ways to avoid being crucified or waited until the last minute to go to Calvary?
Our Lord and savior dwelt here on earth among us and was a living example of what it truly means to finish whatever He started. We as the children of God, should learn from the example that Jesus set. We should remain focused on the task at hand and put forth the effort to finish what we start regardless of the cost, the difficulty, the tediousness of the task. Once we have completed the task, we not only will have a sense of accomplishment, but we will be able to say just like our Savior, “It is finished”.
Lord Jesus, help us to follow Your example of completing what is set before us. Give us strength so that we will not procrastinate and instead give us the ability to complete the tasks that lie before us. Give us a sense of accomplishment and allow our works to always bring favor to others and more importantly, glory to You.
In Jesus name, Amen!
Continuing in His service