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GENERAL

Lord; what shall I do? in 2011

By, Godly P.S., Bahrain

 

 

“Wish you a happy and prosperous new year” echoes all over the world through all media like newspaper, radio, TV, and Internet; from friends to friends, relatives to relatives, professionals to professionals etc. 2010 has gone away with so many ups and downs in our personal lives, social lives, spiritual lives, and so on. Another year comes forth, to fulfill our dreams, decisions, and desires.

 

The Bible speaks of a number of first days of the first month of years, or beginning of years.

1). Gen. 8:13, soon after the deliverance of Noah and his family from flood

2). Ex.40.2; 17, a new year of cleansing and erection of the Tabernacle

3). 11 Chron. 29:17, cleansing time of the temple of God

4). Ezra 7:9, People of the Lord came to Jerusalem from pagan countries

5). Ez. 29:17, God proclaims

6). Ez. 45:18, Time to sacrifice those which are without blemish.

 

Each of these years represents certain lessons that we need to adopt. As far as believers are concerned, we are also heading towards a new year. In the past years, our Lord has given us many opportunities to glorify His name and I think most of us utterly failed.

 

Here comes another year, 2011; at least this year let us ask our Lord to help us to make it meaningful. When Saul of Tarsus had a vision about the Lord Jesus Christ, he raised a question towards Him: Lord, What shall I do? (Acts 22:10). Let us repeat the same question for this New Year – Lord, what shall I do?

 

Paul answers this question in the epistle of Philippians by himself. Phil. 13:13 says, ONE THING I DO. We are all supposed to do this ‘one thing’ this year - adopting this statement of Paul that he gained by having an encounter with God.

 

Of course, one thing is one of the remarkable words of the Bible. First, it is seen in Psalms: “One thing I have desired of the Lord That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple (Ps.27:4). Second, Our Lord Jesus says to a man, one thing you lack in Mark 10: 21. Third, Jesus’ response to the petition of Martha saying: One thing is needed (Lk. 10: 42). Finally, Apostle Paul says, One thing I do (Phil. 3:13).

 

What does Apostle Paul mean by this ‘One thing’ when he wrote it. Is it writing an epistle? Is it forming an assembly? Remember, believers are always at the center point of a tug-of-war. On one side ‘God’s’ whereas on the other side ‘mammon’s’; on one side worldly things and the other side higher things, on one side mundane blessings and the other side spiritual blessings, etc.

 

Here, Apostle Paul focuses on ‘one thing’ which is of God’s, a higher thing, spiritual blessings, etc. He was not a double minded person (Jas. 1:8) to go for both. One of the failures of Christianity today, before others, is the growth of these types of Christians who try to focus on both. Paul is a best example for us who had only focus on ‘One thing’ and here he names it as the ‘Christian Race’. His one thing is equal to his Christian race which includes both Christian Doctrine and Christian service. Therefore, let this New Year remain as a year that God gives us for doing this one thing called the Christian race. Every Christian must devote himself to this singular objective. There are a few points needed to be highlighted here for the Christian Race.

 

1.   Christian Race is not based on our Circumstances

 

The Christian race does not depend on our circumstances. Circumstances may be favorable or not; it has nothing to do with the race. Joseph (in the book of Genesis) is a good example here. Following the footprints of this man of faith, Apostle Paul proves to us that we should not condemn our circumstances and call them as an obstacle for our Christian race. Apostle Paul teaches us this from his own life. When he writes these hopeful words about the Christian race, he was in prison. Being a prisoner he determines to do this one thing. He does it. Although he is in prison, that does not affect his run. He shared the gospel to those soldiers who were appointed for his security. That resulted in their conversion and acceptance of this Great Savior. So, do not complain about the circumstances where you are placed. You are there with a purpose. Thus we are to accomplish our race without condemning our situation.

 

2.   Christian Race must have a focus

 

Heb. 12:1-2 speaks of a great lesson in regard to the Christian race. A runner should have to set certain priorities. He does not need to think whether he is supposed to join in, because he is already in. Now, the real challenge for him/her is to run setting the right priorities in the race. The ultimate point that must be carried in our hearts in this race is that our “focus must be on the Lord Jesus”. Let it be our prime concern so that we may not fall; it is imperative for us to focus on the Lord to have a successful race. People around us prioritize other things, than this great fact.  Beware brethren do not fall in line with Satan’s tactics. We all have to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ who is the best example for our race.

 

3. Christian Race' success is in forgetting The Past

 

Forgetting certain points of the past is not an easy thing. A runner should not think about what is behind or on the side. He should not get distracted by the applause of people, fallen runners, etc. The runner must forget the past and look ahead. A runner is not to be governed by the past and we must forget our old sins (Heb. 10:17; 1 Jn. 1:9; Micah 7:19); former failings and successes. Success and failures are not to be remembered. Success will cause us pride, whereas failures will sadden our hearts or result in laziness. Sometimes this can be exceptional as well. Apostle Paul was a man who started his Christian life later than many others; but now he forgets his past and strains ahead. The Apostle Peter was a man of failures; later we see that His ministry tremendously changed the hearts of many. Apostle Thomas faced unbelief; but when the Lord appeared to him, he turned over his life with an acknowledgment about the Lord: My Lord and my God. Forget the past with repentance and come to the Lord; that is the only way ahead.

 

4.    Christian Race requires straining forward

 

The runner strains every muscle to cross the finish line first. Success is with those who have a preparation, goal, strength, confidence etc. He has strained (pressed on) to the higher call which means "Follow after". The word press (Gk. DIOKO) means pursue; follow after; press toward. To be able to press, there must have an opposing force. Straining alone ahead never brings success.

 

Then we need to think of a ‘mark’ (Gk. SKOPOS), which means to peer about; watch like a sentry; a goal or mark. It speaks of vision. A specific ‘mark’ on one’s horizon upon which, like a plowman, one’s eyes don’t wander from it. It is clearly seen when God has apprehended you for the high calling! Christ has already run this race and won the prize. We are chosen to share in this victory of achievement and sit with Him experientially in the Father’s throne. He has provided such a position for all those who experience the provision of being seated with Him in heavenly place far ABOVE (Now that’s high!) having overcome all hindrances.

 

Let us practice this ‘One thing I do’ theory of Paul for 2011 and step ahead to the accomplishment of this Christian race.

 

"I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one beating the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection, lest that by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway" (I Corinthians 9:26-27).

 

 
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