"I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord." Philippians 3:8
What is it that causes us to procrastinate at the decisions to leave all for Christ. Is it, "What will people think?" __ "I'm so busy with raising a family, providing for their needs."__ "I'm doing everything I possibly can right now, church involvement, charity work, I volunteer all my extra time as it is." __ "Just how much knowledge does a person need to be at peace? I read my bible faithfully, go to bible study, what do you mean, "the excellency of the knowledge of Christ?"
Most of us move through our Christian lives feeling the frustration of not doing enough, not giving enough, not praying enough, not feeling enough, just totally incapable of approaching the patient grace of the Living person of Jesus Christ.
This is the excellency __ to move and have our being in the WORD. To see, and hear and know Him as our Lord, our friend, our guide in the moment by moment, every day hour of our lives.
He will make us His Testament, of living epistles to those around us. The more you seek to know Him __ the more He reveals the power of His Spirit who will arrest your apprehension with His legal authority to give you "new life" in Him. This new life is His gifting to you __ that comes to rest in the joy of His intimate and Living Word.
To the new believer, it is the surrendering of the flesh life to a life of Spirit. This is nothing that we can accomplish on our own. It is a birthing into Christ's Life which only can come forth from faith and confession of our own inability to produce what is required of the Spirit.
To those who have been born from above __
When your faith is become restless, and weary in waiting __ When the passion of your first love smolders to dying embers __ When the voice of the mortal enemy of your soul is heard above the still small voice of "The One Crying in the Wilderness"
__Press on! Hold fast! Be still! Wait! Stand on His promises! They are true and trustworthy.
You may have to let go of everything to take hold of Him __ but I tell you this __In Him is life, life more abundant, life full of the peace that this world cannot give, joy unspeakable and full of glory, and all the treasures of God's kingdom reserved for that Day when we meet Him face to face __What a day of rejoicing that will be. __Raf