Often while reading a little thought will leap off the page and set in my mind and for some reason I cannot get it out until I share it with you, one of my faithful readers. An understanding of the statement for today fits the bill, short, pithy and worth more than a little thought.
“I didn’t come this far to come this far.”
A world of thought lurks just beneath the surface of this one.
Why do we, hopefully, possess the desire to progress in our profession, calling, job or to grow as a human being? It’s because we are created in the image, the likeness of God. As such we are aware that the likeness is marred, messed up may be a better word, and the sometimes perverted inner drive propels us upward and onward. One of the first promises of Satan to humans was the twisted idea that knowledge would be the all in all to mold Eve and Adam into God’s perfect image. (Eating this will make you as God). Satan failed to communicate to them that he had lost his own glory due to this statement here:
Isaiah 14:12 "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.'
15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.
16 "Those who see you will gaze at you, And consider you, saying: 'Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms,” (NKJV).
To be “like” Jesus is the proper desire of Christians as we are in Christ and therefore “New” creatures. As new Creatures we are to understand, properly, the principle of growing in grace via the work of the Holy Spirit, The Word of God, and experience as the Lord leads along the path of life. Our race, as Paul types it, is to be pressing toward the high calling!
The problem is that for the most part too many believers think they have arrived. This is the same mistake, thought pattern, that creeps into an organization, a marriage, individuals and at the point the party is over. Stagnation sets in and little by little the person who “came this far to get this far” fades into failure, depression ad infinitum.
One of the most pathetic persons to be around is one who honestly supposes he/she has arrived. It has been oft repeated that Alexander the Great died young pinning away because he had no more worlds to conquer. To be in the trap “I came this far to come this far” is a prescription for misery. To be satisfied that you are making progress to a greater goal, a closer walk with Christ, is healthier than to imagine, “I have now arrived.” Has it ever occurred to you that when you usurp the prerogatives of God, you are in effect doing what Satan did according to Isaiah?
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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