Daily Truth: “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30
“It is finished!” What powerful last words spoken by Jesus on the cross. He had completed all that was asked of Him by God the Father.
Do we follow what God asks of us? At the end of our lives we want to hear, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” We want to be great wives, moms, and grandmothers. Yet, how much time to spend on daily physical chores and neglect taking care of our own daily spiritual growth which affects our relationships to those we love most on this earth?
Maybe we should think about each day when it is finished and reflect on the questions like: What did I do for eternity today?, What did I do to point my child or grandchild toward Christ? Did I spend time reading God’s Word today? Did I ask God for wisdom in situations that arose today?
As the mother of 3 children within 27 months I remember those days when I thought I was doing good to get meals on the table (well highchair, table, and bouncy chair as I tapped that with my foot while feeding the child in the highchair), clean clothes and house, toys somewhat put away, three baths, and then bedtime stories as my head began to nod.
In these days of Covid 19, families are doing much more than just the normal routines. Some are teaching, working from home, trying to figure out what to cook with the ingredients they have…and the list goes on.
God has a way of getting our attention in a dramatic way sometimes and this is one of those times. The entire world is looking around and really realizing all the planning and organization is totally out of our control. Except, we can control what we think upon and act upon. It makes me think of the verse, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
The most important thing we can do is to point our children to Christ. It’s not about a clean house, playgroups, great meals, jobs, or volunteer work in our community or church. The most important thing we can to do is to tell our children about Christ and to show them how much He loved us. Parenting, in all our lives, needs to more intentional about teaching Christ.
Times are crazy, or are they? God has slowed us down so we can spend time learning and then teaching about God and His love to our families. Children learn at such an early age. Remember Moses was allowed to stay with his mother until he was finished nursing. My how much she must have taught him before he went to live full time in the king’s court.
Times are busy and yes chaotic but God is faithful and always provides wisdom and encouragement when we ask. We can grow spiritually with our children if we humble ourselves, apply God’s Word to ourselves and put our trust in Jesus Christ. He loves us and died that we could have everlasting life.
Our life is not finished until God says that it is finished. May we all learn God’s Word and ways and impart it to the next generation.
As we reflect today on this weekend and what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross may we see the great love and compassion that He showed us. May we all share that love with the children God has placed in our lives. May we accomplish all that Jesus asks us to do and have a willing spirit to follow wherever God may lead us. May we finish well.
Mark 10:27 “But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.'”
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Until the next “Truth” sharing moment,
Cathy Jo Johnson