Friday, January 5, 2007
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
You remember how God fed the Israelites with manna. Every morning they would wake up, step out of their tents, and there would be the manna just waiting for them. But the manna would not keep overnight. God did not want them to live off the manna from yesterday. The Lord wanted them to be dependent on Him on a regular basis and gather it fresh each day.
In the same way you can’t live off the experiences of last year or 20 years ago. God wants to do something fresh and new in your life today and tomorrow. You can’t live off experiences, but you can learn from them.
Saul of Tarsus went out of his way, to hunt down Christians. But he came to realize that he was not serving God but the devil. Then he was transformed, and went on to become the apostle Paul. He could say, “Now I press on, now I reach forward” (Philippians 3:14). I wish this would be true in the lives of more Christians. What a difference it would make in this world around us if we had that kind of ambition, that kind of drive to serve God as we used to serve ourselves.
In this new year, let’s recommit ourselves to the study of the Word of God.
Let’s recommit ourselves to prayer.
And let’s commit ourselves to win at least one person to Christ in this coming year.
As Christians, we have unprecedented opportunities for our lives to make a difference this year. There is so much to do. So much growth that needs to take place in our lives. And so much more to accomplish.It’s time to step into the future. To step into what God is doing today.
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