Finish the Work


In 1923, when the idea of Mount Rushmore was proposed, no one had any idea how difficult a task it would be. It was believed that it would take about five years and half a million dollars to complete this monumental task. However, it was fourteen years later and at the cost of one million dollars when the project was finally completed.

If anyone had had any idea of the cost or the time, the dream may likely have been postponed or canceled. Many, many obstacles and unexpected challenges had to be conquered, and this job required extreme caution and professionalism at every level.

“Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.” 2 Corinthians 8:11.

This verse happens to be directed to the Corinthians in response to their commitment and willingness to give. It’s one thing to be willing to give and to make a commitment to do so; it’s another thing to actually do the work or complete the task of giving.

There are times when God calls us to a task that looks exciting, and we eagerly anticipate what will come. But as the work continues, we find the cost is much greater and the time required is much more demanding than we originally thought. We may come to a crossroads. Will we continue to invest time and money into this task, this project, this calling? Or will we walk away to begin something else we probably will never complete?

Let’s commit to completing the calling God has placed on each of our hearts, and like those who completed this amazing Mount Rushmore Monument, we can leave a legacy to future generations.

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