"To This End I Labor..."

       One person’s path can turn down so many different ways.  Brighter paths beckon.  Gravel roads sound nice some days.  Even alleys lend mystery and intrigue. 

        After travelling many diverse roads for a length of time, backtracking, road swapping or lane changing, how is one supposed to know when they are on the right track?

       The world around most of us offers so many pursuits of pleasure.  The goals of many are the same: earn money to buy bigger and better things to live better, eat better, sleep better and thus feel better about ourselves and with our lives.  The ultimate vision being one of ease, comfort and luxury.

       But if that is our chosen path and ultimate victory… it is wrong

       Fifty years ago when young people were interviewed and asked what their desires were, the majority answered with “a good job and a family.”  Today, the answer is “money and fame.”

       Fifty years ago young people were wiser.  But as Christians, even a good job and a family shouldn’t be our ultimate goal. 

       To what end ought we to labor?

“Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.” 

“I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.” 

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.”

   Was this life labor only meant for Paul?  Absolutely not.  It should be for each one of us.  Has not the “mystery that has been kept for ages and generations” been revealed to us… the saints?  Can we not also present the word of God to the world, “proclaiming, admonishing and teaching with all wisdom?”

   Is the comfort of American living such a handicap to our Christianity that we cannot humble ourselves and become a genuine servant of God, ministering in this world we live in? 

   Sheltered as our lives may be, there are those in other countries who do not have what we do.  They don’t have nice homes or cars or clothes.  They don’t have the luxury of a desk job or a computer.  Yet as familiar as all of these things are to us, we crave more and are rarely, if ever, satisfied. 

   So are we to live as the world does, in our comfortable homes, never extending the hand that holds the key to eternal salvation, shaking off the uncomfortable truth and believing that ignorance is bliss and what is out of sight doesn’t really affect us anyway, only to wake up one day and discover that the day for acting has passed us by?

   We have been called to fight a worthy battle.  The goal is set; the path is chosen.  To what end will you labor?

I'm adding a clip from Paul Washer that was posted over at Pursuing Titus 2.  Be sure not to click it off prematurely.  I almost did.

{Note: my personal beliefs of salvation differ from those professed in the clip, but the message given is relevant to all.}
 h. rae

1 comment:

  1. Oh such truths...thank you for sharing your heart---our society as a whole hungers for more...it seems to be taught from wee ones on up to always want what everyone else has...always crave more and never help those who have less.


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