(Devotions this week based on Sunday’s Message: Pray Like Jesus! Pray for Divine Glorification! – CLICK HERE)
There is no better report to receive than, “Mission Accomplished!”
Only when a task is completed 100% can there be complete celebration.
A war that ends with partial surrender, leaves an enemy to fight another day.
A project at work that is only 70% completed is not yet a reason to celebrate.
An assignment at school that is only 50% done doesn’t receive a very high grade.
Only when work is 100% completed can there be a true celebration.
When we pray for divine glorification, we are praying a prayer of thanks for work that was 100% completed.
What if Jesus went back into heaven and simply said, “Father, I was born, I lived a perfect life, but I just couldn’t do the cross thing. Sorry. I did most of the mission, hope that is good enough.”
Nope. That’s not good enough.
A mission incomplete is a salvation that is incomplete.
But that’s not what happened.
Consider Hebrews 10:11-13. “Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool.”
There was no need for another sacrifice, because Jesus went through with the ultimate sacrifice of himself. If it wasn’t enough or wasn’t complete, there is no way Jesus would have been welcomed back into heaven.
But it was. It was complete…100%!
Philippians 2:9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
When we pray for divine glorification, we are praying for the implementation of the work of God. What brings Jesus glory is the fact that he could return to the Father with the message, “Mission Accomplished!” The work of God and the purpose for which he sent Jesus to this earth was accomplished…in full! There is nothing else that could add to the work of Jesus and make it more complete…it was complete.
What does that mean for you? We can have full confidence that all that was necessary to secure our eternity in heaven was completed by Jesus Christ. Everything. No exceptions. You can have complete peace that your salvation is secure. Why?
Because Jesus’ report to his Father was this, “Mission Accomplished!”
Apply: What tasks do you struggle to finish 100%? What would be different for you if Jesus did not accomplish his mission 100%?
Prayer: Jesus thank you for not stopping short of 100% and doing all the work necessary to secure our salvation! AMEN.