Whatever your purpose may be, I only pray that you are seeking salvation as well. Whatever that purpose, I hope that you never lose sight, never get distracted.
One of my favorite songs, Find Us Faithful, states that we are all pilgrims on a journey of the narrow road. And the faithfuls, the Christians who went before us have showed us the way. And as sojourners may we always keep an eye not only for the prize but in our steadfast and unrelenting faithfulness. Because the footprints we are going to leave will be a gift to those who will come after us.
In our journey of faith, Paul wants us to pack and bring the following:
1. Faith growing abundantly. In our daily walk with God may we always nurture our faith to keep it growing. Faith that will keep us strong. Faith that will enable us to resist temptations and overcome trials. Faith that will be our backbone, our staff, our connection to God, the giver of life.
2. Our increasing love for everyone. Isn’t it the heart of Jesus’ commandment to us? That we love one another.
Love is a many splendored thing.
Love lifts us up where we belong.
All we need is love.
It is more than the kind of love to an opposite sex. It is the affecting love to all. Mother Teresa loved those who were outcasts, the unwanted, the sick and the dying. We can and we must love our neighbors. And, who are our neighbors? Remember the parable of the Good Samaritan? Whoever is in need, that is our neighbor.
3. Steadfastness and faithfulness during persecutions and afflictions. A Christian life is not an easy life. It is guaranteed that we will face hardships and temptations. But, we are called on our persistence and our stubbornness to resist trials and temptations. Do not fall for the worldly pleasures, things that look and smell and taste good, but will cost you your dignity, your faith, your salvation, your name being a child of God. There will be a lot of distractions in this earth and Paul wants us to be prepared and make sure we do not fall for them.
In the end God will make us worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good purpose, every work of faith. And, that the name of our Lord will be glorified in you, in us.
Isn’t it wonderful that at the end of our journey, our Father in heaven will declare, “My child you have been faithful. I am glorifying the name of my Son Jesus in you and you in him.”
Philippians 1:6 says, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
“Great Migrations,” National Geographic Magazine
National Geographic Channel
New International Bible
Find Us Faithful, Steve Green
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