Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"Forever Upon Us"

    Life involves emphasis.  "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness" commanded the Lord Jesus Christ, who proceeded to promise that as we emphasize that which most matters, "all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).

    Sounds simple.  Isn't.  Indeed, apart from the presence and dynamic working of the Holy Spirit within our hearts and minds, we will invariably maximize the minimum, and minimize the maximum.  The flesh of even the godliest believer lusts against the installation and maintenance of the Lord Jesus as the Life of our lives.  Walking with God involves countless reminders and readjustments concerning the matter of, as a good friend often suggests, "keeping the first thing the first thing, and the main thing the main thing."  Our focus tends to blur, and the honest Christian will confess that maintaining the clear vision of "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith" comprises the great challenge of our present spiritual and earthly journey (Hebrews 12:2).

    There is one - One - whose emphasis and focus never wavers or clouds.  "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous" (Psalm 34:15).  Our Heavenly Father's unwavering determination and  gaze upon His trusting children in Christ never falters or clouds.  Such truth and our growing knowledge thereof provides the motivation for our own devotion to the purity of purpose whereby we emphasize that which most matters.  As we open the Word of God, we look upon the Eyes that look upon us, as it were, and the Heart devoted to our well being.  Regardless of how distracted we may be, the Scriptures assure us of God's "lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness every night" (Psalm 92:2).  Yes, life involves emphasis, our Lord's emphasis that leads to our own as we more and more discover His eyes and His heart to be ever and forever upon us.

"He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."
(Philippians 1:6)

Weekly Memory Verse
   Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."
(Psalm 29:2)

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