Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.
John 4:34 NLT
I went back and forth before finally making a my final decision this morning. I prayed and asked God for guidance and direction. I talked to one of my best friends about the pros and cons of each option. And I prayed again. Decisions, decisions! LIFE DECISIONS!
Do you remember the exam I failed earlier this year? After waiting over a month, I finally received approval to retest for the third and final time under my current application but with a few stipulations. I have to register and pay for the exam retest by 9/30/15, when my current application closes. I also received an extension to retest within three months after my application closes. I considered my options:
- Study and retake the exam as early as October. OR
- Take a graduate course taught by one of my mentors as a non-degree student to refresh my knowledge and skills. Retake the exam in December.
Did I mention, the deadline to apply as a non-degree student and get registered for the course is TODAY!
Passing this exam and finally getting this certification is much more than just a personal or professional goal on my vision board, I am finishing his work. Taking a semester long graduate course is going to be more time consuming than just studying for the exam, but taking the course will continue to prepare for the place the He needs me to be. Taking the course is not just an option, but the only option. Taking the course is finishing his work, a work that started long before now. I got saved when I was in elementary school at Creek Grove Christian Pentecostal Holiness Church. I still remember the day at the altar with tears running down my face. During my lifetime I’ve been told by many that ministry is within me. But I instead chose another way of living my life, I loved God but sin felt so good! I was never one of those people living a “miserable life of sin”! Sin was fun! I enjoyed drinking, smoking, and having sex with multiple partners. I didn’t enjoy the consequences but in the moment, I enjoyed the false sense of empowerment and being in charge of my own life that sin gave me.
In recent years, as my relationship with God has become more than just a Sunday morning hang out I’ve felt a shift in my mindset, my goals, and my vision. Sin just doesn’t feel the same as it used to and ministry is all around me, not just within me. Last night as I looked over the syllabus for the course, the Holy Spirit simply spoke “His Will”. This morning I was still unsure about which option I was going to choose until I opened up my devotional, Starting and Ending Your Day: Devotions for Each Day of the Year and was met with the scripture I shared with you above. The words on the page seemed to come alive and I could hear the Holy Spirit loud and clear this time “His Will. Finish His Work”.
If God has given you an assignment, a work to do, 9 times out of 10 finishing his work is going to require patience, time and determination. 9 times out of 10 you will want to run in the opposite direction, but the Holy Spirit is there to gently remind you were purposed to do the will of God.