Paul speaks with God’s inspiration to the Church at Philippi:
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ
Let us therefore, as many as be
perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you (Philippians 3:13-15).
I pray for God to show me if I am not
doing right. Our sins are washed away as Revelation 1 and many other blessed Bible verses say.
But like Paul we want to press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus. And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance:
for ye serve the Lord Christ (Colossians 3:23-25). In our ordinary activities we can earn rewards and a great inheritance.
We should diligently, prepare, each day,
to serve the Lord. QUIET TIME EACH MORNING IS A MUST.
I have an old booklet – “7 minutes with God.” I like to
start with a psalm from the Bible, to tune my heart to God.
The acronym “ACTS” can guide us -- adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication-- as
we lift our hearts in praise and prayer to God. Get at least a few minutes each morning.
Pause to pray several times a day and read the Bible.
Carry a pocket Bible or electronic Bible.
King David said, My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the
morning will I direct my prayer unto thee and will look up (Psalm5:3).
Four things are important to
grow in the Lord. – Time in his Word (the Bible), real prayer, true fellowship with other Christians, and witnessing.
brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance
among all them which are sanctified (Acts 20:32).
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for
this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Pray without ceasing! And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good
works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much
the more, as ye see the day approaching (Hebrews 10:24,25).
We need quality fellowship. Witnessing is difficult for many. It’s much easier if we are
prepared for the opportunities that God sends our way. Be aware of current hot topics in the news, and be ready to give
good comments that point toward God.
to people you know. We are to be prepared as trained ambassadors.
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because
we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him
which died for them, and rose again.
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ
after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,
and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed
unto us the word of reconciliation.
then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to
For he hath made him to be sin for
us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2Corinthians 5).
And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth
and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap
that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labors (John4:36-38).
When we witness, we may not see the actual conversion, but others will reap.
We sow and reap and gather wages unto eternal life.
The Great Prophet Daniel said:
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children
of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and
at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to
everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament;
and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many
shal run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased (Daniel 12:1-4).
Daniel mentions rewards for those who serve God. He also mentions a time of great
trouble we call the Tribulation, which is still to come.
The Hebrews 10 passage above says exhorting one another: and so much the more,
as ye see the day approaching.
“Signs of the
times” allow us to discern that the day of Christ’s return in near.
Jesus commanded his followers in Matthew 28:19-20:
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and
teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and,
lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Object lesson -- the Sea of Galilee has inlet
and outlet, and is fresh, supporting life. The Dead Sea has inlet of fresh water but no outlet, and is dead. We need
an inlet and outlet, to be fresh and alive.
serve Christ faithfully and fruitfully.
It is good
to confirm your own decision of faith with a prayer to Jesus confirming your decision to take him as God’s Savior who
paid for all your sins. Read the book of John in the New Testament.
Also see my page: They Came to Jesus!