2 Corinthians 8:10 So here’s what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. The heart regulates the hands. This isn’t so others can take it easy while you sweat it out. No, you’re shoulder-to-shoulder with them all the way, your surplus matching their deficit, their surplus matching your deficit. In the end you come out even.
We all have good intentions when we first start out with something. It can be a cause that you are fired up about but as the work wanes on your enthusiasm fades. It can be a ministry that you signed up for but now the routine of it is burning you out. It could be your commitment to give a portion of your income toward ministry and here at the end of the year you see a lot of other things you could spend the money on. One of the things that take us away from good intentions is bad follow through. When someone tells us they are going to do something we want to be able to say to them what Paul told the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 7:14 I have complete confidence in you! One of the traits of an exemplary leader is DWYSYWD (Doing What You Say You Would Do)
Paul was challenging the church in Corinth to finish their commitment to give money to the ministry. They were excited about the vision at the top of the year but toward the end they fell off. He tells them:
1. Finish what you started last year and don’t let your good intentions grow stale. What happens to chips that you open but forget to close up? They grow stale. What happens to crisp ideas you don’t act on? You have to finish what you start before they grow stale. You have to strike while the iron is hot!
2. Your hearts been in the right place you just have to follow it up with action! Loyalty is not a question with some people it’s just their level of competency. Can you do what you said you were going to do? One of my friends that serves with me on UAV901 told me the other day that “if we decide to do something as a group even if I don’t totally get it philosophically I will follow through because I made an agreement!” Why? Because his heart is in the right place
3. Be clear on your commitment. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you cannot what you can’t. Make sure you know what you are committing to before you say, “yes!”
4. The heart regulates the hand. You can’t be committed if your heart isn’t in it. Atlantic Starr had a song that said,
If my heart isn’t in it,
Why can’t you tell me so
If my heart wasn’t in it,
I’d have gone long ago
If your heart isn’t in it
Why keep me hanging on
Just tell me and I’ll be go
5. It evens out when everybody does there part. Your surplus matches their deficit. Their surplus matches your deficit. When we follow up on our assignments nothing is missing and nothing is broken. We compliment and compensate for one another. It’s an economy of exchange where everybody gets what they need when you follow through on your commitment.
Help me to finish strong! I know it’s the end of the year but I made a commitment to you and your people. If I don’t follow through something will go undone. I want to be someone that you can have complete confidence in. Help me to finish what I started.
In Jesus Name,
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