LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Friday, March 09, 2007

Thoughts On Phillipians 3:8 - Reid Ferguson

Walk in Wisdom - Gleanings from ScripturePhilippians 3:8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish,
in order that I may gain Christ.

Here is a subtle but extremely powerful and important principle. I think it was A. W. Tozer who phrased the idea in the words: We may not each be as holy as we'd like to be, but we are
each as holy as we are willing to be. Or, we could express it yet another way - with the question often posed in marriage vows: And forsaking all others, keep yourself wholly unto him (or her)?

It is the lost element of Biblical Christianity.
Simply, if I would have God, I must forsake who or whatever it is I currently turn to for love,acceptance, happiness, peace and security - and find it only in Him. Paul did not say - Having gained Christ I now suffer the loss of all things
and count them as rubbish - that's backwards. No,he said he HAD ALREADY suffered the loss of them, had already counted them as dung, IN ORDER THAT he might gain Christ. We have to stop dating Jesus. If we want His fullness, the intimacy with Him we
crave, we have to make the commitment to forsakeevery other person, place and thing we currently look to for that fulfillment. THEN, we can have Him that way. My wife required me to stop dating other women if I wanted to enter into marriage
and the intimacies which belong to that union. So with Him. Perhaps, our experience of God is shallow and unsatisfying because we're only willing to let go the other things WHEN He at last satisfies us.
But that eliminates the need for - the risk of...faith. Perhaps the words of Martha Snell Nicholsonin a poem which became a popular Christian songabout 30 years ago can rephrase it yet again to get the point across. Pay special attention to the
last stanza.

One by one He took them from me, All the things I valued most,Until I was empty-handed;Every glittering toy was lost. And I walked earth's highways, grieving.
In my rags and poverty.Till I heard His voice inviting,"Lift your empty hands to Me!"So I held my hands toward heaven, And He filled them with a store Of His own transcendent riches,
Till they could contain no more.And at last I comprehendedWith my stupid mind and dull, That God COULD not pour His richesInto hands already full!--

Blessings: Reid

Dulcius
Ex Asperiswww.responsivereiding.com"Oh, my brothers and sisters in Christ, if sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies; and if they will perish,let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them tostay, and not madly to destroy themselves. If hell must be filled, atleast let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for." -C.H. SpurgeonFor from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be theglory forever. Amen. Rom. 11:36 (ESV)

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4 Comments:

Blogger Gayla said...

It's interesting that many times certain truths actually never occur to me until I read or hear a teaching of some sort. Such is the case with this:

"We have to stop dating Jesus. If we want His fullness, the intimacy with Him we crave, we have to make the commitment to forsakeevery other person, place and thing we currently look to for that fulfillment. THEN, we can have Him that way. My wife required me to stop dating other women if I wanted to enter into marriage and the intimacies which belong to that union. So with Him."

Then after I read or hear it, I get sorta frustrated with myself that I didn't think of it on my own. Not unlike a "I coulda had a V-8" moment. :)

There are costs to following Jesus. Sometimes really high ones. And there are things to be forsaken. I really liked what your pastor said, Mark.

March 09, 2007 11:05 AM

 
Blogger Baptist Girl said...

Hi mark,
What a powerful statement from Spurgeon and what a powerful post.The question is,"Where is our commitment?" I know I owe Him SO much. Thank you Mark.

Cristina

March 09, 2007 12:48 PM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Mark,
Good message. Worldly things pale in comparison to our being in Christ. I am in a section of Romans 8 that also touches on this principle over at Jazzy Cat.....
Wayne

March 10, 2007 9:54 AM

 
Blogger Sista Cala said...

Excellent post. I am happy to find your blog, will be back as time permits.

March 16, 2007 1:10 AM

 

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