Covering topics on religion, philosophy and life, this blog attempts to make biblical truths simple for the average believer. As porridge is soft to aid digestion, so the blog contents are easily understood.
However, there is also meaty stuff for those who aspire to go deeper. The relevance of the Bible in our daily life (areas such as finances, sex, marriage, health and emotional healing) is also dealt with.
Recently, a church member
asked for prayers whether he should accept an offer of promotion in his company.
He reckoned that the new post would mean heavier responsibilities and felt he
was not ready for it. Later, as a group of close friends prayed for him, it became
clear that God wanted him to seize the offer.
We have often been taught
that we are to be content (1 Timothy 6:6-8) with our lot in life, be satisfied with what we have.But
this kind of attitude—celebrating
our status quo—may result in us becoming indolent and passive. It may even stand in the way of God
blessing us and using us in a greater measure to impact the church or community.
The apostle Paul reminds us to
press on and not to rest on our laurels:
“Yet, my brothers, I do not consider
myself to have “arrived”, spiritually, nor do I consider myself already
perfect. But I keep going on, grasping ever more firmly that purpose for which
Christ grasped me. My brothers, I do not consider myself to have fully grasped
it even now. But I do concentrate on this: I leave the past behind and with
hands outstretched to whatever lies ahead I go straight for the goal — my reward
the honour of being called by God in Christ” (Philippians 3:13-14 — J.B. Phillips New Testament ).
If we already have a clear
understanding of God’s calling on our lives, then we should remain focused and
continue to stir up our gifts in the direction we believe He has called us.
In fact, we are exhorted to earnestly desire (covet) the most helpful spiritual gifts
(1 Corinthians 12:31, 14:1). Strong language indeed.
Caleb who, even in his eighties, still looked forward to conquering new lands and
defeating his enemies. “Give me this mountain which God has promised me.”
That was his battle cry. He had this fighting spirit right to the very end (Joshua
14:10-12). AsGeneral Douglas MacArthur says, “Old soldiers never die;
they just fade away.”
our enemies are not out there but within — we are sometimes our own worst
enemies. When we rest on our laurels or deem it spiritual to remain contented
with the status quo, we may miss out on what God has in store for us.
Concerning the qualifications of high office in church,
Paul taught: “If anyone aspires to be an overseer (bishop) he desires a noble
task” (1 Timothy 3:1). This implies that is it not wrong to harbour ‘holy
ambition’. But let the motives be pure, not tainted by pride.
So there is a right kind of ambition which glorifies God as
opposed to that which seeks to glorify man. The latter is fuelled by lust for
power, fame and money.
If God calls us to higher office, he will equip us to
perform the task. At the same time, we have to be disciplined to work it out as
co-workers with God. Do we need to
do more serious Bible study? Pray more? Go for formal theological education?
As Philippians 2: 12-13 enjoins us: … “work out your salvation
with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in
order to fulfill his good purpose.” Do not be a reluctant leader like Moses who
said, “Here am I. Please send someone else.”