1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
At my age, and after 50 years in ministry, I have witnessed two paradoxical orders into which some believers fall. One is a group that always seem to be seeking personal advancement, and the other is a group that seems to always be content to remain just as they are, living daily without any real ambition. I can assure you that folks in both groups are missing the mark in following the Lord, and missing out on some of the greatest blessings life can hold. Remember, it was Jesus Who said that the way is “strait” and “narrow.” To walk in the fullness of life and blessing that the Lord desires for us, we cannot give ourselves to the luxury of such paradoxical thinking as I have described. As children of God, as heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ, you were not made to rise above others through self-seeking ambition, nor were you made to be satisfied with just getting along stressed in this life. You were made to grow, to become better, to move day by day, from glory to glory, ultimately coming to the fulness of the stature of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Jesus has redeemed you to live the abundant life He provides. There is nothing mediocre about it. Think about it. How long would an athlete last on a championship team if he were perfectly happy just to have made the team? What kind of future would lie in wait for a medical student who was happy just to pass the courses and graduate from medical school? Would you trust your business affairs to an accountant who was pleased just to be able to add and subtract? Would you contract the building of your new dream home to someone who could only drive a nail with a hammer? What kind of performance would you expect from people with such mindsets? Sub-par at best.
Would you hire a babysitter who was content just to be out of the rain? When you hire someone to work in your home, do you check out their background and reputation? Would you select someone for Christian leadership in your church who was just content that by being saved they would miss hell? I think your answer to these questions would be a resounding “No.” We’ll look more deeply at this matter in the coming days. In the meantime, consider Jesus’s parable of the talents. Consider Paul’s admonition in Ephesians to grow, to learn, to study, to go from glory to glory. Begin to consider what you need to do to receive promotion from the Lord.
Manna for Today – 1 Peter 5:1-11; Matthew 24:45-47; Matthew 25:21-23; Luke 12:42-44; Luke 19:11-27; Matthew 23:12; Ephesians 4:8-16; Romans 12:1-21