Pressing Toward the Mark

imageAs we begin a new year, let’s desire to grab ahold of all that life has to offer. We can accomplish it by reconciling ourselves to Jesus Christ. Likemindedness in Christ will enable us to accomplish many things for the Kingdom of God, and will give us great satisfaction. Jesus promised in John 10:10 that He came so that we would have life, and have it more abundantly. What is an abundant life? Is it a life filled with affluence and with opulence? Is it a life of greater weight than money? Neither poverty nor wealth connote piety. Using both one’s talents and abilities to make the world a better place, while celebrating oneself, can give us the abundant life of which Christ speaks. Arguably, we are happiest when we are meeting the needs of others. The Bible in I Timothy 6:6 says that godliness with contentment is great gain. Therefore, according to Phillipians 3, let’s press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God, forgetting those things which are behind us and grabbing ahold of all of the things for which Christ apprehended us.

If we make ourselves available for God’s purposes, then we can be His hand extended. There is such great need throughout the world. Why not choose someone that can be helped through your talents and abilities? If one has musical talents, volunteer  time to teach someone to play an instrument. Teach someone to read and write. Mentor a young person. Wherever one’s strength lies, he should use it to the best of his ability.image

After serving others, take time out to enjoy life. Attend a performing arts program. Go for a leisurely walk, read a book. Whatever excites your  passions, do it. These activities energize us and equip us to continue serving others.

Let’s pray that this year will be the best year of our lives and that we will be an effective instrument for the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus, I ask that everyone who reads this post will be used greatly by You. I ask that Your hand will be upon our lives, and that we will submit our will to yours. For those who may not know You as savior and Lord, I ask that your Holy Spirit will draw them unto You. Amen.

May God bless you and may you be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bears fruit in its season (Psalm 1:3).

For further reflection and meditation read: John 10, Timothy 6, and Phillipians 3



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