In the 1991 movie, City Slickers, Curly, played by Jack Palance, said: There is only one thing in life that really matters. Just one thing. You stick to that and everything else means nothing. Mitch, played by Billy Crystal, asked: What is that one thing? We waited with bated breath and eager anticipation for the answer. Who doesn’t want to know the one thing in life that really matters? Curly answered: That’s what you’ve got to figure out. Paul figured it out! Paul discovered the one thing in life that really mattered – and you can too!
When we work for God, His purpose is going to be accomplished. This makes it essential to continue following Him in perfect obedience no matter what. God did not spell out every detail to Jacob, nor does He spell out every detail to us. God requires that we, too, walk by faith. That means believing without always knowing.
From the beginning of our lives, we are indoctrinated with the philosophy that achievement is the key to reward, honor and happiness. This is true academically, athletically and behaviorally. This is also true in the business world, the entertainment industry as well as the halls of government. If this is true in the physical/material world, then it makes sense that it would be true in the spiritual/immaterial world. That’s what the believers at Philippi thought. What do you think?
Those who are most powerful for God are those who are compelled to walk on the edge
of human failure that God might be all in all. However, before God puts us on that
edge, He prepares us for the task. This is precisely what God did with Jacob, and this
is precisely what God is doing with you. Buckle-up; this plane is about to head down
People are attracted to spirituality, but just what is spirituality? What does it look like? How does a person know if she or he has it? Can spirituality be created? Is spirituality anything a person wants it to be, or is it something so special we could never engineer it ourselves? Have you ever considered Easter Spirituality? Don’t miss this one.
Christianity is far and away superior to all other supposed religions, and I make no apology for saying so. Why? All other religions put confidence in the flesh. Paul used that phrase in Philippians 3:3 to distinguish Christianity from other beliefs, except he added one little word, the word “no.” Why is Christianity superior to all other religions? Here it is: We . . . put no confidence in the flesh. This is not only a powerful truth for apologetics; it is also a powerful truth that will set you free from the anxiety of both getting right with God and staying right with God. Find rest and refreshment right now.