In the final moments before Jesus died on the cross, his last recorded words were, It is finished! By that, he meant that our atonement for sin was now completed. Now whoever trusts in him receives the gift of sins completely forgiven forever! We have an open door now to God for daily hope, strength and eternal life!
But these words also remind me that not only did Christ's life have a purpose, but that God has a purpose for ALL of our lives. Jesus summarized his purpose when he said, My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. John 4:34. God had a purpose and work for Jesus.
I believe God has a purpose and work for ALL of us! I wonder when I come to the final moments of my life will I have the peace and confidence to be able to also say, It is Finished?? In other words, will I know that I have done my best to do the work God had for my life? How can someone know their purpose and work? I don't think it is too hard to discern. It is right before us every day and could be summarized this way: 1. Grow in faith, love and obedience to Jesus daily. 2. Faithfully love and serve family, and church family, and everyone in my life. 3. Shine with the Holy Spirit as a faithful witness of Christ to the world.
As God helps me to stay focused on these things I will certainly be able to say on my last day, It is Finished!