“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.”
When Zerubbabel left Babylon to go back to Jerusalem with forty-two thousand, three hundred and sixty other Jews, he had one thing on his mind, and that was to rebuild the temple of the LORD. As with any great project, Zerubbabel didn’t know what he was about to face, but the dream of rebuilding the temple became a reality when he laid the foundation.
However, one of the best statements about Zerubbabel that could be found is when the verse above says, “…his hands shall also finish it…” Zerubbabel didn’t just start the project and leave it for someone else to do the work, but he stayed with the project to the finish. Every Christian should desire to be like Zerubbabel in that they finish what they start. Too many Christians start something, but they never finish. Finishing projects is a great reflector of a person’s character. Anyone can start a project, but those of character finish them. If you are going to be a person who finishes projects, there are five things you will need to do.
First, you must have a mind to finish. You cannot be the type of person who determines to start something without having the desire to finish. People who finish are people who have a mind to finish. It is called determination. You will never finish what you start if you are not determined to finish. Determination is the ingredient of a finisher’s mindset. Don’t ever be satisfied with leaving unfinished projects. Get a mind to finish what you start.
Second, you must determine to overcome adversities if you are going to be a finisher. Zerubbabel had many adversities in his building project, but he didn’t let them stop him from his goal of finishing. Finishing is never easy. There are always adversities you have to overcome if you are going to be a finisher of projects. You will never finish if you are always looking for the easy way. The easy way is never in the finisher’s toolbox, but overcoming adversities is definitely the attitude of the finisher.
Third, the finisher is willing to accept small victories. The next verse asks, “For who hath despised the day of small things?” One way you get to the finish line is by setting up small victories along the way. Every great victory is filled with small victories. It is the compilation of small victories that leads to the great victory. You will never be a finisher if you only want to experience the great victories. Finishers take any victory along the way as encouragement to keep going.
Fourth, you must ignore the disappointments of others if you are going to be a finisher. When Zerubbabel laid the foundation, there were people who wept because the foundation wasn’t as big as the first foundation. You cannot let the disappointments of others affect your spirit if you are going to be a finisher. People will always be disappointed in what you do no matter how great it is. Don’t let their disappointments affect your spirit to finish.
Fifth, you must have the power of God to be a finisher. God told Zerubbabel in verse 6 that it would take His power to finish. Finishing in the Christian life is never done in human power; it can only be done with God’s power. The power of God will give you the power to finish; don’t go another day without getting God’s power.