Mornings With Jesus

Progress!

November 19, 2021 Season 1 Episode 73
Mornings With Jesus
Progress!
Show Notes


“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

It can be so tempting to measure our so-called success by various things like follow counts, likes on our social media feeds, monies in our bank account, cars in our driveway, clothes in our closet, people in our circles, the list goes on…

The truth is, Life doesnt come with a handy dandy progress bar and unfortunately it can feel at times like we are taking one step forward and three or even five steps back!

Do you remember the parable of the talents that Jesus shared in scripture? 

Notice that the lord of the house didn’t compare the investees amongst each other but rather to themselves.

In other words, the person with one talent wasn’t compared in value and worth to the person with five but rather he was simply expected to do something with his one!

This is how it is in the Kingdom of God!

The Bible says, God says, we have all been given a measure of faith and its not how we stack up after this life to one another that we will be judged by, but rather what we did on an invidiual basis with that which God has entrusted to us!

That’s awesome news!

God is not a respector of persons, but sadly people are! And dare I say it, people within the church very much are!

One of the most dangerous things we can become a part of is comparison Christianity.

This leads to all sorts of offense, bitterness, pride, and inward battles of self-worth!

Listen, today I want to encourage you and I not to get our eyes off the One who truly matters! 

each one of us is on our own personal journey with the Lord and yet each one of us make up the whole body of Christ!

That means that not one single individual is better than or more important than the other! 

This can be hard to grasp at times, trust me I know this! And if we try to guage our success, our progress in the Lord by social media, by the people who either accept or reject us, by our positions in the church, then we are going to be let down big time!

We are going to be continually grasping at straws, grasping at the wind!

Instead, my challenge for you and me today is this: be like Paul and forget those things which are behind and look forward toward the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus! 

What is our highest calling? It’s something we all share as belivers, sharing the Good News with others! Enouraging and loving on others!

These are the things that we should be out doing, Jesus called it the Father’s business while on earth, and its something we can and should all be busy doing!

when we get busy serving others, loving on others, encouraging others, we wont have time to track our supposed progress in the Lord or compare ourselves amongst ourselves - we will simply be too busy doing the Word to notice or even care! 

Be encouraged today! You are who He says you are!!! 

Until next time, remember: what you make happen for others, God will make happen for you! 

In Christ,

Joshua Scott Zeitz