MY FRIENDS, HAVE WE LOST OUR FOCUS AND LINGERED TO LONG?

Oct. 30, 2017

MY FRIENDS, HAVE WE LOST OUR FOCUS AND LINGERED TO LONG?

Whatever we have gained in this world, “we must count as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, we must count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord, for whom we have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that we may gain thChrist.” Phil 3:7-8 (NASB) My friends, can we stay focus and humbly surrender our all to Christ?

Or what are we willing to give up in exchange for the “surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord” a joy that nothing in this world has ever or will ever be equaled to? Or what good is it for [you and I] to gain the whole world, yet forfeit [our] soul, because Christ timing for a commitment has caught us at a bad time along with His standard of character for His kingdom, because we are unwilling to allow God’s Spirit to transform our character into the image of Christ?

Transformation requires a committed heart that is willing to “suffer the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that we may gain Christ.” All things being our time, talents, finances and a committed heart. Along with, all things being, not our will but God’s will daily. My friends, we must understand “the agencies of evil are combining their forces and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last great crisis.

Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones. “The enemy has succeeded in perverting justice and in filling men’s hearts with the desire for selfish gain…… “Justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.” Isaiah 59:14. (KJV) In [our] great cities there are multitudes living in poverty and wretchedness, [as the world along with ourselves are consumed with our on selfish desires] (E.G. White, Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 9, pp 11)

My friends, we are part of this world, but, what part are “we willing to give up in exchange for the “surpassing value of knowing Christ,” along with a committed heart to serve our neighbor? It’s very hard to take our focus off of this world and give our life totally to Christ, as we commit with passion His will for us. Remember “we cannot serve two masters.”

“When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumedlot-flees-sodom-300x196 in the punishment of the city.” And while he lingered…..Gen 19 (NKJV) Those three words are the tragedy of the narrative of Lot and his family. Family-members inside the city although he tried he could not save them because they had lingered to long and had become consumed by their surroundings and not by God’s will.

Even His wife’s heart was consumed with the things of Sodom and that is where she remained, with the lost. Lot the patriarch and provider of the family, also did not come to terms with the fact that he had lingered to long, but because of the grace and mercy of a loving God, he along with his two daughters were saved. As God’s chosen have we lost focus and lingered to long. Christ will soon return to take His faithful who have endured to our new home. But has this world become more appealing, so we linger.

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