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Quod Erat Demonstrandum – Completed

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Philippians 1:6, ” And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion unto the day of Jesus Christ. “

Background

When I was in high school and college, I would sometimes put the letters Q.E.D. at the end of a mathematical proof. They stood for the Latin phrase ” quod erat demonstrandum, ” which means ” what was to be demonstrated. ” The intent was to signify that the proof was completed, and what was intended to be proven had been accomplished. It was a fancy way to copy guys like Euclid and Archimedes. And it made it very clear after several pages of equations and explanations that the goal had been reached and the intent fulfilled. But in our lives, we have a harder time being able to say Q.E.D. , don’t we? The intent or the purpose for us individually is not as clearly stated as it might be in a math book. When you have to solve a math problem, you need to know what is being asked, and where you need to get to in order to answer it. You can’t try to prove the formula for an isosceles triangle and think you’re done when you’ve proven that parallel lines never touch.

Application

But in our lives, we too often don’t consider what is being asked of us, and we don’t think through what will be needed to get us where we’re supposed to go. You might say we get caught up going through the motions. We might not have ever asked our Father what He intends to do with us, or what we need to be doing in order to accomplish His plan for us. But part of the satisfaction of working out a difficult proof was being able to put that Q.E.D. at the bottom of the page. Looking ahead to that moment kept me on track as the equations fell into place and the end came into sight.

And so for us, God has said He’s going to put Q.E.D. on the end of our lives. But what are we doing to get there? Are we wasting time with parallel lines when He’s got astrophysics in mind for us? The power of the Christian life is that it is meant to be lived in union with our Father, who has a purpose and a plan for each of us. There is something specific that He is working to complete, and you need to ask Him what it is. I guarantee you it’s bigger and better than what you’re striving for now. And He plans on completing it in you, so go ahead and get started with it today.

Charge

As we seek Him today, ask God for His mission statement for your life. Head in the direction that ends with our Father saying ” quod erat demonstrandum. “


Rich Holt / Originally Published on : BCWorldview.org

Also published on : Medium.com.

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