Apostle Paul states, “I PRESS toward the MARK for the PRIZE of the HIGH CALLING of GOD in CHRIST JESUS.” (Philippians 3:14)
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
This great man of God had several reasons for PRESSING ON! At one time, PAUL was once called SAUL of Tarsus (a religious terrorist) who severely persecuted the early Christians by arresting, torturing, and killing them. After the Lord’s ascension to Heaven, JESUS personally came back to Earth to commission Saul. Thus, JESUS CHRIST stopped Saul in his tracks as he traveled to Damascus to arrest more Saints! After three days of blindness and the inability to eat, Saul was converted and Baptized into Christianity. If ever a person lived the song, “I was blind but now I see…” it is PAUL of Tarsus. Inevitably the Lord changed Saul’s name to PAUL but he had to suffer greatly for the Lord. Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap!
With the same degree of zeal against the Church, Paul served the LORD with much more enthusiasm to build up the Church. Like Saint Paul, we need to climb up higher as some of us are operating at the 25 percent level but we need to working at the 150 percent level. To accomplish this, we must PRESS ON around, over, and beneath our problems. We must refuse to let obstacles, circumstances, issues, people, objects, things, and the time of day get in our way. If you’re called to perform a Christian duty at midnight, do it without grumbling. If you have to bathed someone, rub oil on his body, and powder his butt, do it without grumbling. If you have to work shoulder to shoulder with someone you cannot stand, do it without grumbling. If you have to car-pool with obnoxious folks (who run their mouths about nothing important), do it without grumbling. Remember, you represent the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Furthermore, CHRIST holds life and death in HIS HANDS and you are accountable to Him. One day, you shall receive the PRIZE of the HIGH CALLING of GOD in CHRIST JESUS, everlasting life, and a Crown of Glory!
In my day, the older Black Saints used to sing, “Lord, I’m running trying to make a hundred cause 99 and a half won’t do…” Songs were part of the Testimony Service and the lyrics passed from person to person. Nowadays, most churches have eliminated personal testimonies from the Worship Service. The Pastors complain that people take too long testifying about nothing. Contrary to man’s opinion, the Bible states, “And they overcame by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:11) At the time, I did not understand the older Saints, but now I am running trying to make a 150 percent as 99 percent just won’t do!
Have a Blessed day!