Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The future is brighter... uh yeah.

Personally, I love Christmas music... as long as it is after Thanksgiving! Seriously, though, now is way to early; and then what happens the day after Christmas? Christmas music stops! Why are we all so eager to move on and get to the future? When we're in middle school we want to be in high school, when you get your learner's permit you want your driver's license, the list goes on. Contentment isn't a word in most people's dictionary's today (including me!).

~Philippians 4:11-12

11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Paul was in prison when he wrote this! Wow! I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to say that! Many people are content with what they have, but not where they are. Change, move, grow, improve; they're goals for a lot of people, but what if God has you right where he wants you? (He does!) However, we should look ahead to the kingdom of God. In fact, more than that. It should be all we think about! The basis for all that we do!

~Philippians 3:13-16; 20-21

13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 15All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

20But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Let go of the past. Leave it behind. Life in Christ is something new and completely different, the Lord will supply what you need for it! Don't turn around and backtrack in your relationship with Him. Live up to what you have and build on it.
One thing my pastor loves to do on Sunday mornings is give us something to say and/or do during the week to remind us of the sermon. So here ya go:
Put your right hand in the air, snap and point to the right. Say, "Move ON!" :)

Love in Christ,
Becky :)


Buttercup said...

EXCELLENT POST!!! I'm going to email that to some of my friends. :)

Chloƫ said...

I love those verses in Philippians! I ALWAYS need to be reminded of that!

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