Let all true Christians remember, that their best things are yet to come. Let us count it no strange thing, if we have sufferings in this present time. It is a season of probation. We are yet at school. We are learning patience, gentleness, and meekness, which we could hardly learn if we had our good things now. But there is an eternal holiday yet to begin. For this let us wait quietly. It will make amends for all. “Our light affliction which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory” 2 Corinthians 4:17 (J.C. Ryle from his commentary in Matthew 14)
First, a baby can’t concentrate on anything very long. A baby loses interest about as fast as it’s possible to lose interest. It’ll scream and yell and grab for something delightedly and get it, and ninety seconds later, throw it down and look for something else. That is typical of a baby and it’s the way God meant a baby to be. But He didn’t mean the baby’s father to be like that, nor the baby’s mother-nor even the baby’s seven-year-old sister. That is characteristic of a baby and it is also characteristic of Christians who became Christians, fundamental Christians, and then froze and stopped developing. They’re unable to stick to spiritual exercises. They can’t pray very long and can’t meditate. In fact, they smile at the whole idea of meditation. They think that was for Thomas Aquinas. As for Bible reading, they don’t do it very much-nor very much else that takes discipline and maturity.
A second thing about a baby is that it is preoccupied with simple things, with foundational things. You never talk to a baby about existentialism or the cold war. The baby is satisfied with a half a dozen little things; it is enough to eat and to keep warm and dry and to keep its mother within yelling distance. That is about all a baby cares about. There are Christians who grow up and have no relish for anything spiritually advanced. They’re preoccupied with their first lessons. The average church is a school with only one grade and that is the first one. These Christians never expect to get beyond that and they don’t want to hear a man very long who wants to take them beyond that. If their pastor insists they do their homework and get ready for the next grade, they begin to pray that the Lord will call “our dear brother” somewhere else. The more they hate him the more they bear down on the words “our dear brother.” All he’s trying to do is prepare them for another grade, but that church is dedicated to the first grade, and the first grade is where it’s going to remain. Paul said some of them went up into the second grade and gave it up, and said, “It’s too hard here,” and they went back to the first. “How long have you been in the first grade, Junior?” “Twelve years.”
Paul said, “Forgetting those things which are behind… I press toward the mark” Philippians 3:13, 14 There was a man not satisfied with the first grade. (A.W. Tozer taken from Success and the Christian)
I have a few reflections on Christmas… We arrived home last night from spending Christmas with my wife’s family in Kansas City, Missouri. It was a great time seeing them, they were so gracious and kind and we felt right at home. But we really missed not going to Christmas Eve service at our church and seeing our church family and close friends. A friend e-mailed me saying the service was great and our pastor gave a strong sermon. I missed not seeing my family, but I got to say Texting was a huge part of my time away to stay connected with friends and family. So saying all that I didn’t treat the Savior on Christmas or this time of year any different from any other Time. What is so mind-boggling to me is not the day or time… But the virgin birth the event! God leaving perfection and coming to imperfection to save those who would believe.
Making my desire every day, thou not even close to being perfect to give Him glory and to make Him center of my life, but as I have pointed out in an earlier post… This time of year the whole world is aware of what God did through the birth of His Son. Giving us plenty of opportunity to proclaim Him and give our reason for hope and the joy we have in Christ 1 Peter 3:15. Take an opportunity as we close out this year and beyond to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love what Sprugeon said “To be a soul winner is the happiest thing in this world. And with every soul you bring to Jesus Christ, you seem to get a new heaven here upon earth.” Folks we’re not called to be successful but faithful to the great commission (GO) and make disciples Matthew 28:19.
“Christians will and should continue to feel bad for not sharing their faith. Christ is the most glorious Person in the world. His salvation is infinitely valuable. Everyone in the world needs it. Horrific consequences await those who do not believe on Jesus. By grace alone we have seen Him, believed on Him, and now love Him. Therefore, not to speak of Christ to unbelievers, and not to care about our city or the unreached peoples of the world is so contradictory to Christ’s worth, people’s plight, and our joy that it sends the quiet message to our souls day after day: This Savior and this salvation do not mean to you what you say they do. To maintain great joy in Christ in the face of that persistent message is impossible.” (John Piper Taken From When the Darkness Will Not Lift)