When is God Finished?

Vol. 6, No. 40 – October 3, 2021

When is God Finished?

Romans 11:29

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  –Romans 11:29

In what way are we concerned with God being finished? Being finished with us as individuals. If we are still breathing, He is not finished with us on this earth. The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O Lord endures forever. Do not forsake the work of Your hands. –Psalm 138:8.

God is continually growing us—the goal is our perfection in eternity. Right now He tweaks us to be more like Him. He wants us to be a receptor of His promises and purposes for our lives (Jeremiah 11:29f).

Our Romans 11:29 reference has that large impacting word, IRREVOCABLE. What God places in us stays the whole duration of our earthly life. His intent is to use those gifts in order to fulfill His plan for our life. That plan always includes having an effect upon other people’s lives, drawing them to Christ.

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn! –Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The plan and purpose of our life is held within the seeds of God-given gifts and calling. His plan is absolutely sure.

God’s plans and purposes begin with a positive and end with a positive. I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. –Philippians 1:6 Jesus is returning. It will be sooner than most expect. The fact that He has not returned yet means God is not finished with believers. God expects for us to grow upon growing; be being growing; to build within us a life never finished on earth bringing others to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our life is not bent just to pursue other things.

Life Application

We experience growing pains in our spiritual life; God uses them to grow us. When we grow, we are maturing. We always wanted to be 18, or 21. God has always wanted us to mature in Him. God’s way becomes plain as we walk in life. When our faith is stretched, it grows. The more we do the more we can do. –William Hazlitt.

The reward for work is more work. We ought to be thankful for our work assignments under God. As we get more work, it is plain that God is not finished yet with our life of service on earth. God never intended for us to “finish” following a little victory. He wants us busy until Christ returns.

When we do what we are able to do, God does what we cannot do. He is not finished with us yet; what a great encouragement that is. We each have more opportunity to draw others to the Savior.

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Written by Dr. Larry Lightner

October 3, 2021

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