Although you began with the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by human effort?
Galatians 3:3 NET
This statement in Galatians 3:3 perhaps describes far too many of us today. Indeed many start so well, walking in the Spirit with Christ on a daily basis, overcoming obstacles and temptations through the spirit, serving, witnessing, and living life to it’s fullest with the Spirit. Then somehow, for some strange reason, at some point in our walk with the Spirit, we start to attempt things on our own with our own flesh. Some of these things turn out well and then we are even quicker the next time to forsake the bond we have with the Spirit and attempt more things through our human effort. I don’t know why this happens, when it happens, or even how it happens, but I see it all to frequently in the lives of believers. To be honest I have seen it in my own life and it is a dreaded cancer that spreads so quickly if we fail to identify it and treat it aggressively.
Consider all that you have done today, what was attempted in the Spirit and what was done through human effort? Truth be told much of what we attempt is not done in the Spirit, in fact we seldom consult, or consider spiritual things at all in our daily lives. This is true of both the clergy and the congregation at large. I have considered these words today and decided that my days are to few to be wasted attempting to accomplish them with my own effort. I desire to maximize my impact on this world for the Kingdom of God and this can’t be achieved through human effort. Instead, I must daily walk with the Spirit of God and ensure that all I attempt is through the Spirit. If you desire to finish well consider the Spirit, rather than your own human effort as the primary means to accomplish your goal. Certainly those who hear the words “well done” will have attempted more in the Spirit then they did in the flesh.