7th March 2011

Aim To Hit The Mark

“Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and please God;”
1 Thessalonians 4:1 (NKJV)    

The word for sin in Greek means to miss the mark, as in shooting an arrow at a target.  We can see, therefore, that the Christian walk is one of hitting the target.  The target, of course, is the will of God—that which is pleasing to God.

The Christian life is one lived within the will of God.  It is very easy to say this, but not at all easy to do.  The Apostle Paul recognised the dilemma that all Christians face—namely the battle between the enmity of our natural mind and the mind of God.  Notice how he puts it in Romans 7:21:  “I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.”

This is the struggle that we face day in and day out.  This will never go away as long as we are in the flesh.  Notice Paul again in verse 18, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells;”

So where does that leave us?  Again let Paul provide the answer (verse 24): “O wretched man that I am!  Who will deliver me from this body of death?”  Isn’t this the cry that erupts from every sincere heart?

But there is hope as Paul exclaims (verse 25) in answer to his rhetorical question:  “I thank God-through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Yes!  Our hope is the saving work of Jesus who has once and for all dealt with sin.  Romans 6:10 assures us,  “For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.”  And we can say with Paul (Romans 7:25), “So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”

Remember, Jesus has dealt with the flesh and the wickedness that is in it.  We are now able to choose to obey God and hit the mark of pleasing Him.  Let’s join with the Apostle Paul in his determination:  “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9)

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank you that you have dealt with our evil nature and released us from its bondage that we might choose to be well pleasing to you, as we strive to do your will.
Amen

Study by David Stirk 

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