but one thing I do

By: snowgood

Oct 12 2015

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but one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3: 13-14

These last few days I’ve been challenged by the teaching of the apostle Paul.

None of will ever come close to standard set by Christ (perfection is out of mortal man’s reach) I can surely be more like Paul who sought to live a life worthy of His calling.

Elsewhere in Bible we read his encouraging words concerning the work God has wrought in the lives of those who follow Him (in Christ).

 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5: 16-21

Reading this again I wonder if Paul carried forward some facets of his earlier character?  The text suggests otherwise, but consider his zeal and former life.

Whilst he was on the open road The Lord struck him down, and transformed a man consumed by hatred for those who followed “The Way” into one who did a “U Turn” and joined those he once persecuted.

The NEW Paul seems to inherit the zeal of his former self as he sought to follow The Master.

Living for The Saviour may take us face to face with many trials and temptations, but I trust I can heed Paul’s words below;

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12: 2

Perhaps Paul’s single mindedness is the best way forward?

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