Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hummel: doing what God wants

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
    —John 19:20 (NIV)
    [Jesus] did not finish all the urgent tasks in Palestine or all the things He would have liked to do, but He did finish the work which God gave Him to do. The only alternative to frustration is to be sure that we are doing what God wants. Nothing substitutes for knowing that this day, this hour, in this place, we are doing the will of the Father. Then and only then can we think of all the other unfinished tasks with equanimity and leave them with God.
    ... Charles E. Hummel (1923-2004), The Tyranny of the Urgent, Chicago: Inter-Varsity Press, 1967, included in Discipline Yourself for Godliness, John Barnett, BFM Books, 2004, p. 254 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 7:21; 15:24-28; 26:39; Mark 7:25-28; John 14:12; 19:30
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have completed the work of salvation.
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