From The Bishop’s Desk
Philippians 3: 13-14; KJV, “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, v14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Food For Thought:
There are three parts to this “The one thing I do” declares the apostle Paul. 1)Forgetting the ground already covered in the race. In other words, we cannot waste valuable time over the past; whether it is good or bad. 2)Reaching forth to that which is before us in the race for eternal life. In other words, we should strain every nerve and muscle and use every ounce of our God’s given strength to win. Why? Because our future depends on it–we are running for our lives–eternal life with God our Father. 3)Pressing toward the mark, that, is, we are pursuing the heavenly kingdom in the which we all must keep our eyes fixed, lest we become disqualified for the prize of eternal life.
I believe that every year that God gives us on earth is to be a year whereby we should be as productive as we can be for His work and as pleasing as we can be for His glory. This year of our Lord, “2016” is another year of importance to us in maximizing our God’s given potential in being what we ought to be and doing what we ought to do for the Kingdom of God. However, we cannot be or cannot do what we suppose to do unless we do what the apostle writes about in Philippians 3: 13-14--“This one thing I do.” At the beginning of a new year, at least half of us will do something that in the beginning will be very exhilarating, but in the end very frustrating. What do you mean by that statement? Simply put–we will make New Year’s Resolutions. And some of those resolutions are: 1)lose weight; 2)manage and save some money; 3)get ourselves physically fit; 4)eat more healthy foods; 5) find ways of reducing stress; 6)take a plan trip somewhere; and, 7)volunteer to help others, etc. Now all of these are very good resolutions, but the problem with this is many of us who make them will break them. For most of us who make resolutions won’t even get past the end of January before we have broken them.
I submit to you, that, we do not need to make a New Year’s Resolution. What we need is a New Year’s Revolution. And, that is to do what God says to us and to be what God says we are to be. Now this is a revolution! Because God has plenty to say about how we can maximize every year He gives us to reach our God-given potential to be what we ought to be, and do what we ought to do and become what we ought to become.
Listen, the apostle Paul was writing from a Roman prison, and as far as he knew, any day could very well be his last day. And, in a sense, every day for him was New Year’s Day. The secret, I believe, is not making resolutions but a revolution is what we need that will carry us into and throughout 2016. The revolution simply states: “This one thing I do!” Forgetting what’s behind; reaching forth; and pressing toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Be the bless throughout 2016 not because of making a New Year’s Resolutions. But through a New year’s Revolution. Not a sermon, just food for thought. You’re always in my prayers. Have a bless year.
Because of Calvary
Bishop Lee Roy McDuffie, Sr.