Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Keep Your Focus

Oftentimes, the fast-paced world in which we live, distracts us from those things that really matter. Afterall, we are merely "strangers and pilgrims on earth" (Heb 11:13), passing through this temporary habitat on our way to a "better country" (Heb 11:16). This supreme destination is not received without much dedication, knowledge, and zeal. Along this "narrow road that leadeth unto life" (Matt 7:14), Satan continually hurls "fiery darts" (Eph 6:16) at each Christian, in hopes that we might surrender our souls to an eternal devil's hell. No wonder the loyal apostle Paul declared, "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection : lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway" (1 Cor 9:27). This humble expression of gratitude recognizes both the willingness and responsibility that Paul felt in saturating his life with the "power of the gospel" (Rom 1:16). A true understanding of Biblical grace will move us to "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:14). Eversince the inception of the church Satan has swallowed whole thousands upon thousands of individuals with lies. On one occasion Paul uttered these sad words, "For I know this that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your ownselves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years, I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears (Acts 20:29-31). Brethren, may I humbly yet boldly, warn all of us to keep our eyes on the goal and our hearts in tune with the "doctrine of Christ" (2 John 9-11). Sometimes it is easy to be discouraged, because of the current apostasy within the church! Nevertheless, we must not give in to the pressures abroad but with a genuine love for truth expose error on every hand, while exalting the royal banner of truth! Someday in the future, after this "earth is burned up" (2 Pet 3:10), we can approach the throne of Judgment knowing we defended and taught the truth in love (Phil 1:7, Eph 4:15). A terrible and bone chilling day of horror it will be for those false teachers, and even more so, for those who taught the *truth*, yet never wanted to expose error! The eternal doom of cowardice, lukewarmness, and complacency will be a shock to those who were simply along for the ride and prestige of being a social pillar within the community and not a gospel preacher! "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad" (2 Cor 5 :10). Let us think on these things.

Written by Brant Stubblefield