Friday, April 24, 2015
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58.
These two weeks we visited God’s instruction regarding things we need to know in order to live this life well for His glory. Last week we discovered the call to know the gift of God, who it is speaking to us and what He asks of us that He makes provision for our accomplishing (4/13-14). We are called to know the truth of God, found in His Word (4/15); know His death that resurrects us to new life (4:16); and to know and walk in His Lordship (4/17).
This week we found the need to know with experiential and working realization that we are the temple of God, filled with His presence, having full access to Him and His resources (4/20); to realize that it only takes a little compromise of our principles to destroy the good God desires in and of us (4/21). To that knowledge, I would add that Jesus promised the good He desires for us only requires a mustard seed of faith, working in us, growing in us, to lead to our success in being His powerful, productive people (Matthew 17:20). Just a little of any good or evil, allowed free roam in our lives, will grow to mammoth proportions that effect our journey for good or for evil.
On 4/22 we touched on our need to know the power of God’s sowing and reaping law; and how our faithfulness provides God the food He needs from us. Then, yesterday, the 23rd, we covered our need to realize that our life is a race we are to run well, so-as-to win.
Beloved, all these things simply touch all there is for us to know and practice as we seek to accomplish the purpose of God in our life. The journey is a joy because God is with us to help us. However, since we live in a flesh body that often distracts us in a fallen world full of temptation, bothered by demonic forces set against us, it can often be difficult to see the good we accomplish as we run the race, set to win. In the seasons when things feel hard and we struggle to see any good accomplished, unable to realize the hand of God working, we must know with assurance that our resolve in running a godly race that wins is not in vain. God is doing something great! Though we may not see it at this time, we must run with assurance that our effort is worth the cost.
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” ~ Romans 11:33.
God has purpose in all He allows. The root and work of sin is deep in the earth and in our flesh. Digging those roots out and establishing the root of righteousness is God’s goal and purpose. Do not give up the good work. It is not in vain. It is not without its victories. The good will reveal itself in due season is we refuse to faint and fall away from our resolve.
There is always greater depth of understanding and comprehension to discover while we live this life. Full perfection and revelation will only come when we enter His eternal Kingdom. There are some things we may never fully know this side of glory. So we must trust God’s faithfulness to Himself and to His word, press forward with knowledge that He is doing all He says He will, and cross the finish line having done all to His glory, knowing a life lived fully for Him will accomplish all the good He plans.
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:12.
Pray to finish strong, not throwing the race by giving up just as you are about to win.
All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.