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Prospering in Christ

05 Jan

Hello again!

Yesterday we finished 2 Timothy, so today we’re moving to the Psalms. — This is what God gave me today in His word:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. (Psalms 1:1-3)

Now, the above passage is very true. If we made the law of the Lord our delight, and meditated upon the law day and night, we would indeed prosper in every single thing we did. That would be because every single thing we did was to bring glory to God, though. Of course, we know we cannot hope to bring glory to God in every single deed, nor can we focus on Him or upon His law day and night. We humans are very self-centered, no matter how selfless we would like to believe ourselves to be: It will only be once we are in Heaven with perfect bodies and minds that we will be able to truly devote everything we have to worshiping Him.

Now, with that being said, there are some people who come awfully close to being entirely self-less. The apostle Paul was one such person, and in 1 Corinthians 11: 1 he tells us to ‘follow his example, as he follows the example of Christ’. Living in a body that is not yet perfect is no excuse in the slightest to give up on doing anything “good”. Indeed, if we don’t have a desire to help others and do “good deeds” through Christ who strengthens us, we should reëxamine our faith, and see if it truly is genuine. Jesus gives all that truly believe in Him a desire and the strength to spread the good news of His death and Resurrection. As Paul says in his Epistle to the Philippians:

13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Philippians 2:13)

In conclusion: Jesus can make what we do prosper, but we by our-self cannot. We can only fail, and sin in our own power; but through Christ we can do anything. The disciples wondered, once Jesus had woken up and calmed the storm in Matthew 8, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”. We know “what kind of man” Jesus is. He is our savior  protector, and our strengthener. We have to put our trust and faith in Him, and by that, and only by that, will even some of the things we do while on Earth will “prosper”.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Delivered Through Love

 

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