Thursday 26 Apr 2018
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

 

What are you looking for?

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus
There is a question to which every genuine believer must seek an answer and the question is, what is the ultimate prize that is on offer by our calling in Christ?
 While this question might seem trivial, nevertheless its profoundness becomes apparent when the fate of many believers is put under the miscroscope of the power of the word of God, the one that is able to separate bone from the marrow, as well as discern between the spirit and the flesh. Many have lost their bearing in the things of faith not because they chose to but because the compass for their journey into faith was off the mark pointing them in the wrong direction as a result. For some they decided to alter the compass in the middle of the journey in order to head towards another direction,. For many others,  well they felt no need for any compass on a journey that is so apparent they would get lost without one to guide them. 
 
The result is that many struggle to grow or benefit from the walk of faith because their expectations is premised on false hopes, on things not promised, on vanity and what at best can be described as illusion. For many the ship of their faith is sailing so close to reefs facing the danger of a shipwreck, while sadly for some this ship have gotten entangled and damaged by these reefs leaving them clutching on to straws and any floating object fearful of perisihing on the high seas, while sadly others have gone under . This need not be so!
John 6:26-27  Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you:for him hath God the Father sealed.
 
Every believer must be able to separate reward from provision, they should be able to distinguish between perishable meat and the meat that endures to eternal life,  these are two different things and they serve different purposes in the life of the believer. One serves as a means to an end, the other is the end in itself. One is temporary, it will be here today and gone tomorrow, its sole purpose is to serve as refreshment on our journey towards the ultimate reward. The other is the reward and we will have it for all of eternity. One will only serve us here on earth, the other will serve us beyond our earthly existence.
 
So what happens when believers muddle up the two? The answer is a simple but a tragic one, confusion reigns in such an environment with destruction and hurt looming on the horizon. The whole purpose of the message of salvation becomes distorted,  losing its power and purpose in the life of the recpients. The house of God becomes the den of robbers, hustlers, speculators, glory hunters and the destruction that follows in its wake. The environment created by this tragedy encourages deceivers, who in turn raise up a crowd of deceived sheep, fed with massive dose of rubbish for the purpose of exploiting them later.
 
A couple of nights ago I watched a documentary about the Egyptian Pharaoh, who was buried along with unquantifiable measure of wealth and fortune . When the tomb was opened there was his embalmed body, all dried up and lifeless, lying in the midst of gold,  bronze, silver,  emeralds and precious stones as well as other priceless artifacts, that were buried in the hope that they would serve him in after life....they never did and never would for any. They were still there in the tomb useful only to those who are living,  not useful in anyway or to anyone now living in the world of the dead. Rightly so they were carted away.
 
Galatians 3:3-4 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
Paul raised an important poser, one that should grieve the heart of every believer seeing  the way many who started the journey of faith with fervent zeal in the things of the spirit now turn to the allure of flesh for satisfaction and gratification. It is sad seeing men and women who laboured hard on their knees pleading for the salvation of their souls and of others, now put it all on a table for the highest bidder. Sad to see men and women who started out seeking the face of the Lord and the favor that comes with, now turn to the patronage of men and mammon, doing everything to win the accolades of the world and what it rewards with, even at the disapproval of the One they claim to serve. This they do conveniently ignoring the warning which says that those who are friends of the world easily become the enemies of God. It is easy for anyone to get to this point,  this is true whenever a man takes his eyes off the real reward in pursuit temporary gains.
 
 Please Lord help us to keep our compass permanently focussed on you alone and the eternal life you have revealed to us in your son Jesus.