I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. (John 17: 4 NKJV)
We’re all born with a purpose, a destiny. God knew us before we were born (Jer. 1:5) and had a plan in mind for our lives. Jesus was no different. He was born into this world with a purpose, an assignment directly from God. As Jesus was praying, as illustrated in this text, He starts His prayer by acknowledging that he has finished the work God had given Him to do. Being one with God, He clearly knew what his calling was, accepted his assignment and would carry it out exactly as God had envisioned it.
There are three key points in this passage that stick out to me, Jesus:
1) Understood His mission
2) Accepted His assignment
3) Executed God’s plan
Many people have no idea what God has truly called them to do and some never get a chance to find out. What if Jesus didn’t know what he was born to do and died before he ever figured it out? Do you think He would have impacted the world the way He did? Do you think He would’ve sacrificed His life for you and I? Now of course being the Son of God gave Him an advantage in that He knew before He entered the world as a baby what His assignment was. But haven’t we been given the same access to God that Jesus had (John 15:15)? We no longer must go through life wondering what our assignment is. We may not have known from birth, but we have a direct line to God through prayer, to find out what His purpose is for our lives (Romans 8:28). It’s quite possible that we’re already on the right path of our purpose, or that we’re nowhere near the mark.
The next time you pray, ask God to open your eyes and your heart to His plan and purpose for your life. Ask him to help you understand your mission. Once we accept it, we can then let God use us to execute His plan in His timing. We all want to be able to say that we’ve finished the work God gave us to do, knowing that whatever it is, God will be glorified in it.