Bible Ballistics: A Race? September 1, 2013 Vol. 2 No.16
After being on the road this week, I couldn’t help but think of our spiritual journey and our readiness to see our Lord when our journey ends. We are on a journey and we are to be ready for whatever comes our way.
· Proverbs 27:1 says, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”
Live for today-it’s all we have!
In parts of Matt 6:24-34, Jesus said
· “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?…..But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (sounds like our Proverb above doesn’t it?)
So what about my journey, my race? Am I seeking God first? Am I seeking HIS kingdom? Driving home this week, half way across the country, we had to make some decisions. When would we leave, which route would we take, would we travel in the daytime or nighttime? Would we drive straight through, or stop and make some visits? Our trip required some planning and a commitment to stay on track to get home. Our spiritual journey also involves some thought. We often get so caught up in our “faith” talk that we forget about the “walk” talk– the “Walk” itself. No matter the length or difficulty of our journey it all begins with one step (Jesus), it continues with steps—some small, some large, but steps (still in Jesus). The above verses call us to be single-minded in this journey, to continually seek God’s kingdom and not our own.
· Mammon is “wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion”.
We cannot serve God and mammon!!! Who am I serving? God? Or me? Where are my steps going?
Scripture also teaches that we are to make provision for our needs and those of our families.
· 1 Tim. 5:8 says, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
How are we to provide God’s way?
· 1 Tim 6:6-10 “But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
It’s not the money that is the “root of all evil” but the “love of money”. And though we are not to be ‘in love’ with money, we do have an obligation to provide for our own.
How? God will lead us in this pursuit. If we will follow!!!
· James 4:15 “For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”
Not focusing on money, but focusing on God who will guide us in right ways to provide. Are we working for the Lord or just “mammon”? How about you? Are we ready if Jesus called us home today? Would we hear “well done thou good and faithful servant” or something else?
· Remember, “my God shall supply….” (See Phil 4:19)
And although we are blessed every moment, our final reward isn’t in this life.
· Hebrews 11:13-16, “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”
We see in this passage that “these” other believers who have preceeded us into glory,
· 1)‘died in faith’,
· 2) had ‘not received the promises’,
· 3) saw ‘them afar off’,
· 4) were ‘persuaded of them’ (the promises),
· 5) ‘embraced them’,
· 6) ‘confessed them’,
· 7) knew they were ‘strangers and pilgrims on the earth’,
· 8) ‘seek a country’ (not on this earth),
· 9) but ‘an heavenly’ one,
· 10) and knew finally, that God is their God, and He is ‘unashamed to be called their God’,
· 11)and that He has ‘prepared for them a city’
· Seeking God and His reward not just earthly riches (See Matt. 6:19-20).
We who have placed our faith in Jesus Christ for salvation have a “better country” to which we are going. This life and its troubles aren’t ‘as good as it gets’, praise God. Our journey has a heavenly destination, and our focus can be a heavenly one. Where are your eyes?
Jesus proclaimed this same message in
· John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
· “…let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” Hebrews 12:1b-2a.
Have a great week “walking” with Jesus….