WEDNESDAY 21ST MARCH, 2018
THEME: ONE THING TO DO
TEXT: PHIL. 3:12-21
12. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13. 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, 14. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15. 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. 16. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. 17. Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 18. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19. Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 20. For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21. Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
The biggest room in the universe is a room for improvement. One, for maximum bliss, should take one step at a time until one achieves all. Apostle Paul, in this writing, established that if one leans too much on the past, one may not make progress in achieving one’s goal. Paul had many things to boast on as an achiever. He catalogues his degrees and awards; his Roman citizenship, his rich religious background, his zeal for the law and so forth. He was also an earnest searcher after truth and blameless as far as the law was concerned, but he had found nothing that satisfied him.
One day Christ found him and in this portion of his writing, we see the change that he underwent in everlasting things (Phil. 3:4-9). He gladly sacrificed everything for Christ’s sake. Paul then set a new standard of values for himself. He had a new reason for life. His new life in Christ made him change his ideals for life. He weighed both the world and and stood for the Lord Jesus. May Christ step into your life and make a change for the better as you read this piece today. The ambition of Apostle Paul, after he had the big change, was to know Christ and the power in His resurrection (3:10). He gloried in knowing Christ because there are degrees of knowing him. This entails doing one thing at a time.
Let us press forward to ‘a better country,’ the Heavenly Kingdom. Love neither the world nor the things of this world but be loyal to Christ who rules in the “Heavenly Jerusalem.” Let us imitate Christ, whose residence was for 33 years here on earth, but it did not naturalize Him as a citizen of earth. Therefore, Christians should not forget where their citizenship is. Are you a Christian? If your answer is yes, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind….” (Rom. 12:2)
HYMN: EMHB 611
1.LEAD us, heavenly Father, lead us
O’er the world’s tempestuous sea;
Guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,
For we have no help but Thee,
Yet possessing every blessing
If our God our Father be.
2.Saviour,breathe forgiveness o’er us;
All our weakness Thou dost know;
Thou didst tread this earth before us,
Thou didst feel Its keenest woe;
Lone and dreary, faint and weary,
Through the desert Thou didst go.
3 Spirit of our God, descending,
Fill our hearts with heavenly Joy,
Love with every passion blending,
Pleasure that can never cloy;
Thus provided, pardoned, guided,
Nothing can our peace destroy.
MEMORY VERSE: PHILIPPIANS 3:13 “Brothers and Sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”
PRAYER: Lift me higher, Self-existent God, so that I will be able to lift up those perishing so that all of us will finish our journey in You and become partakers of Your heavenly Kingdom. Amen.