This past Sunday, I asked how many of us, with our final breath, will be able to say, “It is finished.” I asked this question because we have Jesus’ final words captured in John, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit John 19: 30. I asked my people this question because Jesus had completed the full mission of God during his short life as another example of us to follow.
How many of us will be able to say the same? I am not questioning the believers eternal life and salvation as a legalistic fellow might do, only what is written in the Book of Life under each of our names. How many incomplete sentences are under your name? This is something that keeps me awake at night, what have I left undone that God gave me the opportunity to do for his kingdom?
In the Book of Revelation, chapter 20: 11-15, we read:
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done….And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
So, with these two examples in mind, how many unfinished sentences will be in the book of life under your name? In Jesus case, we know he fully accomplished the mission. Jesus did everything that was handed to him to do so people could be reconciled with God through his ultimate sacrifice for their sins. There were no unfinished sentences under his name.
What about yours?
Has God whispered in your ear to share the Gospel with your neighbor and you have not? That is an unfinished sentence.
Have you always felt a call to a foreign mission, but made excuses like finances and time not to go? That is an unfinished sentence.
Does your church and community have needs you could fill, but you do not want to risk missing a football game or sacrificing some of your own time? That is an unfinished sentence.
Is there a Bible Study available in your church where your presence would make a difference in another persons walk, but you did not commit to being there for whatever reason? That is an unfinished sentence.
Remember those people you were talking to throughout your life that God put in your path and you were too scared to share the Good News of Jesus with them? Those are all unfinished sentences.
We will all stand before the throne and the book of life will be opened. We will be judged for our own lives, not anyone elses. Therefore, I urge everyone to finish those sentences in the book of life and in so doing, give even greater glory to God. When you do this be prepared to stand out amongst the crowd. People will ask you why you are so strong a believer and so active and you can just tell them, “I do not want unfinished sentences after my name.”
If you already have a church home, I urge you to get more involved and finish those sentences in the book of life.
If you are not already involved in a church, please come to Catalyst and let us work together in fellowship and community to finish each others sentences. We meet in Bessemer City Hall at 411 Sophie Street in the auditorium on Sundays at 11 a.m.
Lets complete those sentences together.