So after I have completed this task and have made sure that they have received this contribution, I will go to Spain and visit you on the way. I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ. Romans 15:28-29
In many sports, follow through is as important as the actual action performed. For instance, in baseball if a pitcher throws a pitch and his arm stops right after he releases the ball, the ball might not make it to home plate. If it does the batter will see it a mile away and quite literally hit it out of the park. If a soccer player stops after contacting the ball with his foot, again, there will be no oomph to the kick.
So it is in our Christian life. If we promise to do something and only partially do it, we lose the oomph of what we promised. In these verses Paul was making sure a contribution was delivered. After that, he could carry on with his life. In actuality, following through on a promise was as important as actually making the promise.
We don’t go very far in life by breaking our promises, even the smaller promises. It may not seem like a big thing in your eyes, but I believe God has been a big proponent of follow through.
- Consider the cross and death without the resurrection.
- Consider the cross, death, and resurrection without his appearance to His Disciples.
- And lastly consider the cross, death, resurrection, and appearance without his followers following through.
Yes, there is oomph in following through with the “little” things.