“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” —Thoreau
“In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” —John 16:33
THAT WE stop being timid about who we are and accept the challenge. Sure, it’s hard. We must not be weary in our well-doing— “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” —Galatians 6:9; we must remain constant: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” —1 Corinthians 15:58. And we have no reason to be ashamed of our Master or of His gospel. We walk with the King! Let’s act like it.
THAT WE develop a sense of well-being about who we are. It takes confidence to win and we of all people should be most confident. Do you realize that while we stand with God we cannot lose? It’s so! There is no power that can stop us—
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 8:35-39
Not even death can stop us—
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? —1 Corinthians 15:54, 55
So, let us be bold and fearless, for ours is the victory!
THAT WE learn again what is the value of the spiritual. All of us know that at one time, when we first obeyed the gospel. But we tend to let it slip away. We need to return to it. To understand the value of the spiritual is to relegate our trial and difficulties to their rightful place of only relative importance, to tune our minds to the noble, the sublime, the truly great; to aim higher; and to work harder. Our heart and our treasure are at the same place. Let us begin again to look up, not out.
We can do it. We not only can exist in this mess, we can change it. With neither shame nor diffidence, let us concentrate on where we are and who we are and realize that ours is a grand mission even though it must sometimes be in the midst of a mess.
Online Articles, August 12, 2012, a publication by a local church in Pasadena, TX.
Used here by kind permission. Photo Credit: Vagues et manchots à l’assaut de la plage, Wikimedia, franek2.
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