He closed the door behind him and wondered how this huge responsibility had fallen upon his shoulders. It was so important he risked losing his life if he failed.

The priest never took his job lightly. He stepped forward, and the massive room echoed as his sandals struck the hard, marble floor. He killed a sheep, divided the animal in quarters, and laid it on a large brazen altar. He ignited the coals and the flames quickly consumed it. After offering a prayer, he turned to leave. His work was finished … for today. But soon he must return. His work was never over.

Though man’s work never ends, Christ’s work is finished forever. He died on a cross, shed His blood, and provided permanent forgiveness for our sins. His work being finished, He arose to new life, and now sits beside His Father in Heaven.

You may be involved in missions overseas and feel the hardships never end. Or you might feel like quitting a stressful teaching job because you don’t get any respect. Maybe you wish someone more capable could assume your difficult ministry responsibilities.

Your work will never end until the day you meet Jesus. But because His work is completed, He offers strength to finish your work . . . for today, tomorrow, and the rest of your life.

If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room I would not fear a million enemies. —Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.