The sum of our job here on earth is to glorify God. This was the sum of Jesus’ task as well. How did He do it? Shortly before He was crucified He said to His Father, “I have glorified thee on earth by completing the work which though gavest me to do.”
There were endless demands on Jesus’ time…There must have been things, also, that Jesus Himself would have liked to do during those three packed years of His public ministry, but He was a man, with a man’s limitations of time and space. Yet He took time to rest… Still He was able to make that amazing claim, “I have finished the work You gave me to do.” This was not the same as saying He had finished everything He could possibly think of to do or that He had done everything others had asked. He made no claim to have done what He wanted to do. The claim was that He had done what had been given.
This is an important clue for us. The work of God is appointed. What was given to the Son to do was the will of the Father. What is given to us to do is also His will.
There is always enough time to do the will of God. For that we can never say, “I don’t have time.” When we find ourselves frantic and frustrated, harried and harassed and “hassled,” it is a sign that we are running on our own schedule, not God’s.
… “Thy list be done”… is a good prayer for a disciple to pray. I am all for making lists of what needs to be done… But the list must be reviewed daily with the Lord, asking Him to delete whatever is not on His list for us, so that before we go to bed it will be possible to say, “I have finished the work You gave me to do.”