Mid Week Meditation


Mid Week Meditation pt. 30

Submitted on: October 19, 2017

Based on Bible text: Ephesians 5:14, 1 Corinthians 9:24, Luke 5:7a

“Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light”

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receives the prize? So run that ye may obtain”

And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them”

The Scripture texts admonish us to shine, run and help!

The Church of Jesus Christ has far too many walking dead in the body of Christ. Too many of us are serving God as though we are waiting for some alarm to go off before our feet hit the floor. All of our talents are bottled up inside and wasted. What a wonderful thing it would be if every one of us whose name is on the Christian role suddenly saw the light and got busy for Jesus! Think about it, that would mean that every Sunday School and every Bible Study class would be bursting with excited students of the Gospel; every Christian would be eager to learn and grow. I promise you that not long after that explosion every ministry would be blossoming to its fullest potential.

There is a difference between shining and running. Shining represents the what we should do as Christians. Running is then the how we should do it. A song writer penned, “I’m running, running, running for Jesus”. That is just what the Apostle Paul is trying to convey here to the Corinthians. Christians who shine must be willing to run with all of their might, like runners in a race for the finish line. We do want the prize, right? The prize, of course is Eternal Life with Christ. We should then be willing to give this race all we’ve got to get there?

That then will require help. Teamwork gets the job done. When Jesus told the disciples to cast their nets back into the water for a good catch, the nets came up so full that it was too much for them to handle. The boat started to tip. Had the men in the other ship not been willing to help, most of the fish would have been lost.

It’s the same way with the spread of the gospel. There are so many lives to be saved, and sometimes we lose some of those souls we are trying to save because we don’t work together. Saving souls should never be about who gets the credit for the catch. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase” (3:7). It’s all about working together to get the most important job of our lives done, so that God will have the glory.

 

 

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