Finish the Work

In my journey through the Bible this year, I just finished the Book of Exodus. This morning a certain verse in chapter 40 caught my eye. “Then Moses set up the courtyard around the tabernacle and altar and put up the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard. And so Moses finished the work.”

Over the last few weeks I’ve read how the Lord guided Moses as to how to create the tabernacle, the ark, the table, the lampstand, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering, the basin for washing, the courtyard, and all the garments to be worn. I’ve read specific detail after specific detail on how this was to be done.  I even blogged not too long ago about how these verses assured me that God certainly cares about the details in our lives.

As I read the above verse this morning…”And so Moses finished work.” The first thought that came over me was that those concluding words seemed almost anti-climactic. I don’t know about you  but I think this is how I would have wrapped it all up. And so Moses finished the work…and then threw a party!  But it doesn’t say that.

God used Moses for a specific purpose. Moses listened to what that purpose was and simply obeyed.  He did the work God planned for him to do.

And so Moses finished the work.

We can learn so much from those six little words. God has a specific plan for you, a specific way he wants to use you.

And that plan, in the end, has nothing to do with the reward we may or may not receive from doing it. It has everything to do with finishing the work for God’s glory.

Sometimes when we finish a difficult task, there won’t be a party. Sometimes when we reach the top of the mountain, there won’t be anyone waiting to pat us on the back.  Sometimes we are simply called to finish the work.

When I reach the end of my life, I hope this can be said of me.

And so Eileen finished the work.

What about you?

“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!”  Matthew 25:21


16 thoughts on “Finish the Work

  1. Jon Stolpe

    We must be using a similar reading plan. I just finished Exodus yesterday also.

    I like your take on it today.

    May God say to all of us, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

  2. Caroline

    Awesome, awesome post, Eileen.

    This is such a strong truth: “And that plan, in the end, has nothing to do with the reward we may or may not receive from doing it. It has everything to do with finishing the work for God’s glory.” And so counter to what our society says.

    Praying for that work ethic and the Motivation behind it!

  3. bill (cycleguy)

    Not only do i want to finish the work I have been given to do, but I also need to keep in mind that through it all “He who began a good work in me will bring it to completion.” Now that I can’t wait for!!

  4. Lisa

    We are called to complete the task and our only goal should be to hear God say, “Well done”. We obey because we love. Beautiful thoughts, Eileen!

    Many blessings!

  5. Kandi


    I so needed to hear this. I have gotten stuck in something I know God wants to me finish, I am at that turning point, and these words are exactly what I needed to hear, finish the journey He has laid out before me, for HIs glory.

    Blessings to you Eileen.


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