Follow Through

Anyone can hit a ball. Even my two year old can hit a ball! But it’s the follow through that is the difference between simply making contact and hitting it out of the park!
Your follow through will determine both the direction and the distance the ball will travel. If there is no follow through the ball could end up anywhere! Instead of slowing down at the point of contact, you want to have maximum force applied right at the critical point.
Solomon was given clear instructions from both God and his father to build the temple. Provisions were made and the plans were ready. The entire nation was caught up in the initial excitement of this new endeavour, as finally a permanent place of worship would be established in Jerusalem.
Solomon had hit the ball right in the middle of the bat. However what was now required of him was to follow through on what he had begun. After the music died down and the people filed back to their towns life returned to normal and the novelty of king Solomon’s ordination wore off.
However despite the lack of fan-fare, Solomon continued to follow through on his God-given purpose year after year until the temple was finally completed 20 years later:
‘All Solomon’s work was carried out, from the day the foundation of the temple of the Lord was laid until its completion. So the temple of the Lord was finished’ – 2 Chronicles 8:16 (NIV)
Solomon wasn’t a flash in the pan kind of king who was driven by novelty or the praise of man. Instead he was driven by a conviction that caused him not only to begin something, but to see it through to its end.
In life, although there are many starters there are much fewer finishers. Anyone can begin something in a moment of inspiration but it takes a person of conviction to refuse to be distracted and remain focussed on what is most important.
The great thing is that God gives us the grace to follow through on everything He has called us to as we lean into Him:
‘I am confident that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished’ 1:6 (NLT)
Decide to be someone who not only hit’s the ball, but follows through to smash it out of the park!

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