There is nothing worse than getting something that has not been finished. OK, perhaps there are a few masterpieces that are what they are because they are unfinished, in fact because they are unfinished they are actually more valuable – but if it was a current day portrait of you and your family the value lies in it being finished. Famously there is also Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, something that experts discuss continuously and ask why it was left unfinished. And then of course there is my home town of Cape Town where we have the unfinished highway, an elevated freeway that was supposed to have flown over the lower part of the city but was left with a gap in the middle and never completed. Again, like many unfinished items it now has some value, perhaps more than it would have if it was completed as the unfinished highway is used by numerous TV and Film producers and brings in considerable income for the city of Cape Town.
But generally unfinished is just that, not finished, incomplete, not done and when it comes to the Golden rule it is just wrong and goes against the whole idea of the concept. Matthew 7:12 clearly defines the Golden Rule and reads “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Would you want others to give you something that was unfinished?
There could be a number of reasons why something is left incomplete and not finished but when it comes to applying the Golden Rule few, if any, excuses actually cut it. School homework is the classic, if we are truly honest we have all handed in unfinished homework or rather homework that was finished but not polished “could have done better” the school report would read. But why do we do it, why do we not complete it if, according to Matthew 7:12, we should do to others as we would have them do to us?
It is a tough one and generally there are a whole host of excuses that we ourselves create to not to complete something or not do it properly to the full. Take a small construction project; there are countless people that have been left with half-finished extensions, kitchens or bathrooms where the contractor just has not delivered. Yes there may have been a dispute and often that dispute is over money but under the Golden Rule, if you truly follow it does any dispute permit you to deliver half the work? If you are one of these contractors ask yourself this question and think about it.
The Golden Rule dictates do unto others as you would have them do unto you so would you like a half job delivered? Marriage is another good thing where unfinished is often what is provided and thus a marriage wanes. When you do something or give something for your wife or husband or even your family go all the way not half the way. If you commit to doing something complete the task rather than hunt for the excuse why you didn’t complete it.
Unfinished isn’t nice, a half cooked cake taken out of the oven too early because you are in a rush is nothing more than a mess of sweet, sticky goo. The Golden Rule says nothing about having to be on time, although you would expect that ideally but wouldn’t a finished cake delivered 30 minutes late be better than an early delivered pile bowl of sugar, flour and eggs that is a little above room temperature?
The Golden Rule when applied means finishing the Job. Christ came to Earth with a task, a task He had to complete. On countless occasions He could have reneged on his duty. “Hey, Matthew come let’s take the boat and get away from this place and never come back” could have so easily happened or “Oh stuff them, they drank all the wine, let them drink water”. No, Jesus had a job to do and despite the fact He knew it was a tough job and one that had a pretty gruesome end He saw it through.
When Christ was hanging on the Cross he knew his task was finished, he had applied the Golden Rule. John 19:29:30 (NKJV) After this, Jesus, knowing[a] that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
Finished in this verse means a lot more than just completed. In John the word Finished has been translated from the Greek word tetelestai that is an accounting term meaning “paid in full”. When considered in this context to finish something, to complete a task has a very different meaning. The meaning comes from the giver and demonstrates to the receiver that the job has been done and no more can be done to make it any more complete, the I’s are dotted and t’s Are crossed and everything done in full. Done to the absolute full is what we all truly want others to do for us in all we do and the example of Christ on the cross demonstrates this perfectly, His job was done.
Finishing the job at all costs is often the most important part. Finishing the job, delivering what you said you would fully no matter how small or grand it is what matters when it comes to the Golden Rule. Finishing the job may mean more to someone than the return they expect to receive and yet they will always receive a great deal more than they can ever measure. So what if the building materials cost a little more, the completed job will at least bring some return and it will be a reference for more work – so few consider this in the very material world we live in today. With the Golden Rule the return will always come and it will not always be how it is expected to come.
When someone has completed their work in full or finished the job gratitude is deserved. Thanking a person is very much the final act in finishing the job. Payment may have been made and the account paid in full but on the receiving end of a job well done you too can apply the Golden Rule and apply it with real gold or a pure precious metal. Gold and Precious metals have been used to reward those for a job well done for thousands of years and thanks to the Noble Mint the tradition can continue.
To fully close off the job and to keep the Golden Rule wheel turning giving Gold or some other precious metal through the Noble Mint is affordable and says “thank you” like no other gift can do. Fractional Gold Bullion, a small piece of precious, pure gold embedded in a card, made into a coin or given as a bookmark gives a permanent thank you on any job, task or promise completed and leaves the door open to happiness and joy because the job was done, done well and paid in full.
Matt Newnham is a Christian, Writer and Speaker. He is a single father and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Matt is passionate about life and success and his ability to touch the heart of readers has earned him the title “The Master of Emotional Appeal” Follow Matt on Twitter @MattNewnhamZA and on his Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/mattwjnewnham