“Life’s Pursuits”

Posted: July 10, 2021 in Uncategorized

Fame, fortune, power, or pleasure. Which one of these things is your highest priority and pursuit in life? Of the 168 hours you have each week, how much of your time is devoted to your dream? Do you have one or more dreams? Are you a “wandering generality” or a “meaningful specific” as motivational speaker Zig Ziglar used to ask?

He would tell people who came to his talks on this subject – 1) You need to have a clearly defined, written down dream/goal in life, 2) then a realistic time frame in which you want to achieve it. 3) Consider the obstacles you’ll probably face, 4) and the people, groups, and organizations you may need to help you achieve your dream. This may require you to learn some 5) new skills that you currently don’t have. 6) Specific steps need to be followed. And finally, you need to ask yourself exactly 7) Why do I want to achieve this dream? At what cost to my family, my health, and my sanity? Balance is the key.

To help me remember these things, I drew some pictures in seven frames with a word under each one: Dream, Time, Obstacles, Helpers, Skills, Steps, Why? Most of us can accomplish far more than we think we can, but we cannot achieve whatever our minds can conceive. We can’t add a foot to our height (Matthew 6:27), or do everything we might want to do. We can’t/won’t become gods.

But Christians can can/should do those things that God planned for us to do in life. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things [that God planned for me to do] through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, 19; Ephesians 2:10). And “… for it is God who works in you [energizes you] both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Are you resisting, quenching, or grieving Him (Acts 7:51; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 2 Timothy 2:12; Ephesians 4:30)? Do you know what things He has in mind for you to do? Would you like to know? Are you a maturing believer who is being lead by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14)? If you’re not sure, keep reading.

The Christian’s priority in life should be to glorify God [make Him known to others] and enjoy Him now and forever (1 Corinthians10:31; Psalm 16:11; 73:25-26). We become a Christian when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). Have you placed your faith and trust in Him alone to save you, or are you depending on your good works to be saved and/or to keep yourself saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)? Your final answer will determine your eternal destiny in hell or heaven.

In His High Priestly prayer to God the Father, Jesus said, And this is eternal life, that they may [experientially] know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17:3, 4).

He also said this to His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another” (John 15:16, 17; 13:34, 35).

Every true Christian will bear some fruit in his/her life while on earth (John 15:1-8). Some believers will bear more fruit than others, but every Christian will have some praise worthy works (fruit) which Christ will reward at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Spiritual fruit might involve our having and displaying a Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), being a faithful witness (Romans 1:13; 1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15, 16), and generous giving (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17). (See Dr. Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, p. 50)

We believe that our good works are related to the “spiritual gift” [1] that each Christian receives at the time of his/her initial salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 2:10; 4:7-16). These gifts (enablements) need to be developed and exercised with love primarily toward other believers in the spiritual “Body of Christ,” the true Church (1 Corinthians 12:12,13; 13:1 ff; Galatians 5:13; 6:10).

The Apostle John wrote this to maturing Christians,  Do not love [stop loving] the world [system] or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of [for] the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17). We may use it (the world system), but we are not to abuse it by making it the number one priority in our lives (1 Corinthians 7:31). “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen” (1 John 5:21). An idol is anything that comes between us and God.

Questions: Do you know where you came from, why you’re here, and where you will go when you die? Do you know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? If not, would you like to be sure? Why do you think God should let you into His heaven? If you believe that you’re going to heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would that be? Do you know the difference between eternal security and assurance of salvation?

Some Closing Thoughts

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world [fame, fortune, power, pleasure], and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). The lake of fire [hell] was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons, but all unbelievers will spend eternity with him in that awful place (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46).

The devil made a legitimate offer to Jesus when he told Him that He could have all the kingdoms of this world if Jesus would fall down and worship him (Matthew 4:9). Jesus turned down his offer. Why?

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). Satan offers counterfeits.

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10). Sadly, God can’t trust too many Christians with a lot of money. If He should entrust it to you, use it wisely for His glory and the good of others – fellow believers first (1 John 3:16, 17; Galatians 6:10).

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We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Please let us know if this article has helped you and SHARE this with others.

[1] Spiritual Gifts: To learn more about them, go to https://www.kelseypeach.com/bible-basics

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