Part 2: Going!
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
About Change of Seasons Series
A 2-part article series on how to terminate the past, live in the present and celebrate the future.
Now is the ever-moving point of eternity, separating the past from the future, neither of which have any reality. “Forgetting” and “Remembering”…these are simply housecleaning tasks. You clean the house so that you can LIVE vitally and easily. If the goal is just cleaning the house, over and over, for what is the house cleaned? Emptiness! Many live just this way, ever fixing and arranging but never using the house for Life. Such is only a show – merely a stage – but not a progression toward something valuable.
Our life is like a house. It must be cleaned – and often – but it must also be “used to the full.” Actually it’s healthy if it is messed up again because of living. Real life, authentic life, is messy. But we can’t live just to deal with the past.
What about this minute? This day? This year? Where are you headed? You will end up where you are going. You will arrive. Your destination somewhere is sure. Will it be to arrive next year in nothingness – with nothing gained and everything lost?
If there is not movement forward, there is always movement backward! Where are you going? What are you living for? There is a famous quote from Braveheart: “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” Don’t be afraid you will be a mess. You will. Be afraid that it will never begin.
“Sooner has passed and later just showed up.“
Your life is precious, a creation of the Infinite God. You are uniquely fitted for a purpose so glorious you cannot imagine it – both in this life AND in the next!
You are a treasure buried and you must dig to find it.
Your existence is a divine idea and as such it is worthy of a worthy goal. Paul didn’t just “forget what lies behind,” he said “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 NASB). Paul’s determined, chosen goal was to know Christ and to actually become “like” Him by entering His very Life. To know Christ you have to enter His own goal. What was the goal of Jesus?
John 8:28-29b AMP
I do nothing of Myself (of My own accord or on My own authority), but I say (exactly what My Father has taught Me)…for I always do what pleases Him.
Think of the number of times the Father declared His pleasure in the Son.
“This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
(Matt. 3:17, 17:5; Mark 1:11, 9:7; Luke 3:22)
It’s an astonishing thing to grasp from scripture that Jesus’ intent was not to save the world but to “please” His Father – whose goal was to save the world. Much is made of Jesus’ love for humanity and little is made of His absolute love for His Father. He lived only to please the Father – even if that meant dying. The Bible states clearly that it was the Father’s pleasure to crush Him, and that was the basis for His surrender in Gethsemane (Isa. 53:10). The goal of Jesus in every day, each step of His life journey, was to please His Father. Jesus lived to please the Father only. It was His heart-motive. His single-aim. His only agenda.
Paul told the Colossians what he prayed for them: “(W)e have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects“ (Col. 1:9-10a NASB). If you want this one thing to be your focus for a brand new year, continue to read the verses in Colossians 1:10-12 and see what pleases God in all respects:
1. Bearing fruit in every good work,
2. Increasing in the knowledge of God,
3. Being strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might,
4. Attaining of all steadfastness and patience.
And the result: giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light (vs 12, NASB).
Paul stated his aim, and that of those with him, in 2 Corinthians 5:9, “Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.” The Amplified Bible says: “we are constantly ambitious and strive earnestly to be pleasing to Him.”
It’s a choice. For now, only a choice.
Copyright © 2003 Martha Blaney Kilpatrick, Change of Seasons