4 I glorified You on the earth; the work, which You gave Me to do, I have completed.
5 And now, Father, glorify Me with the glory We had together before the beginning of the world.
There is an old expression that says: ‘don’t put off ‘til tomorrow what you can do today’. (Some have modified this to ‘Always put off ‘til tomorrow what needn’t be done today’).
The thought is that it is important to get things done as soon as possible. When we are driving it is good practice to always get into the correct lane as soon as it is safely possible; any delay could mean having to find an alternative route.
Jesus said that He had completed the work, which His Father had given Him to do.
This meant that His public ministry was completed; He had shown the Jews His messianic credentials; He had shown the people the nature of the Kingdom of God through His miracles and teaching. He had gathered together the pillars of the church by choosing the disciples. Now His praying set His face towards the cross; the cross on which He and the Father were to be glorified.
Each one of us must ask the question:
‘Have I completed the work the Fathers has given me to do?’
‘Have I glorified the Father in that work?’
Jesus described the Father’s work as His food:
“My food is to do the will of the One who sent Me and that I should complete His work” – John 4.34.
We all get tired, even Jesus got tired, when He spoke these words to His disciples He had been sitting by the well at Sychar. However, His tiredness did not prevent Him from ministering to the woman at the well. This was to lead to a revival in Sychar.
Let this encourage us that there are times when we have to work through our tiredness and hunger, in order to achieve the glory of revival in others.
Towards the end of His life Paul wrote to Timothy and said:
I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful – 2 Timothy 4.7 (NLT).
Let this be our aim also.