I’m a list person. I make grocery lists, to-do lists, and lists of people to call. I make a list for cleaning, packing, scrap booking and decorating. I make lists on notepads, napkins, sticky-notes, receipts, and church bulletins. I’ve even considered making a master list of lists but even I thought that was going too far. I still might do it.
All these lists have one thing in common. They are all un-done. Not one list is ever finished—with all items checked off. There are many reasons why but none really matter. The un-doneness haunts me. Sometimes I am tempted to just throw the list away and forget about what is left undone. Sometimes I do. But the un-done thing is left hanging in my mind like a loose thread. I make a new list and add it there hoping that I can mark it off as “done”. I’ve even added “done” things to my list just so I could mark it off as “done”. I need that kind of closure.
But it’s really not the un-done lists that get me most. They are perhaps a reminder that I am un-done.
At brief moments I may feel done. But soon, something or someone, comes along and presents something that is my un-doing. A word, a memory, a missed appointment, a loss—and I am un-done—again.
With the prophet Isaiah I can say, “Woe is me, for I am undone!” (Isaiah 6:5a)
What was his undoing?
According to Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Bible:
In this figurative vision, the temple is thrown open to view, even to the most holy place. The prophet, standing outside the temple, sees the Divine Presence seated on the mercy-seat, raised over the ark of the covenant, between the cherubim and seraphim, and the Divine glory filled the whole temple…This awful vision of the Divine Majesty overwhelmed the prophet with a sense of his own vileness A glimpse of heavenly glory is enough to convince us that all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.
Filthy rags? Is that it? Am I left un-done?
“The thief comes only to kill, steal, and destroy.” Un-done.
Matthew Henry also says, “We are undone if there is not a Mediator between us and this holy God.”
“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” Done
One day I came home from work and she was reading a book. She held it out to me, pointed to a page and said, ‘Is this true?’ It was something about the finished work that Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross, not just for heaven, but for here, right now.
Oh, yeah, that’s true.
That was the moment everything changed.
A supernatural peace was born in her. It was a silent, unspectacular turning point. She became a woman of grace, instinctively trusting the sufficiency of Jesus Christ for everyday living. She had been a Christian for twenty-five years, but still believed there was something left undone in her.
Then God personally showed her, in a way I still don’t understand, that all her un-dones were done on the cross with Jesus.
All my un-dones are done.
With Jesus’ death on the cross God’s finished what He started. He marked off several things on His list. Here are 6 things Christ accomplished by His death:
- Remove our sin and guilt. Check.
- Remove His wrath without sacrificing His justice and holiness. Check.
- Remove our alienation from Him. Check.
- Deliver us from the captivity of sin. Check.
- Defeat the power of Satan. Check.
Jesus did all of this by dying in our place. My place. Your place.
I am done.
I am done because Jesus said, “It is finished” and I believe Him.
Today, I will make a list. Tonight, it will be un-done.
But I am choosing to trust the sufficiency of the finished work of Jesus Christ.Tweet this