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Being His Best

“In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.” (James 1:18)

Through the power of His creation and the giving of Himself in the person of Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son and our Lord and Savior, God has given to us His best. Man is without excuse, as it has to be a conscious effort on his part to either accept the truth of God or to foolishly reject His truth. God the Father knows each and every man of His creation and is desiring that none should perish but have everlasting life with Him in loving fellowship. God knows, God knows the heart of a man and who will accept the gift of His salvation from the pouring out of His wrath to come. God knows who will respond and come to His Son, who will place their trust in His atoning blood, and who will follow Him in faith on the dusty King’s Highway to the richness of His glory. For them who will answer the call He has secured their hope in the world to come. “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:29-31)

It is by His will and not that of our own that He provided the path to so great a salvation for those who would come into life with Him. It was not that we were good or deserving of any gift but that He is a God of Love and through His love has provided all that man needs to have freedom from the damaged image of that which we were created. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),” (Ephesians 2:4,5) From before the beginning it was God’s purpose to create man for fellowship. From the fall in the Garden it has been God’s purpose to restore that fellowship with man. God loves the world of His creation and man as the crown of His creation is the object of His creation. So much so that God sacrificed His Son that we might find life through Him in a restored relationship with the Heavenly Father. “And through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,” (Colossians 1:20-21)

Man is that which he thinks and places within his heart. My grandmother was preparing dinner one day and I asked her if I could go and see a movie at the theater. The movie I wanted to see was “Westside Story.” At the age of ten she did not think that was an appropriate movie for me to see. I persisted in the argument, which was always the wrong thing to do with my grandmother. Finally she reached beneath the sink and pulled some garbage out of the can. She placed the garbage into the meal she was preparing. I was shocked and asked her what she was doing that for. Grandma replied, “If you want to fill your head full of garbage you might as well fill your stomach with garbage.” The lesson was learned that day. What we fill our heads with will settle into our heart. If we fill or minds with the evilness of the world then we will live in the contemplation of that evil. “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” (Proverbs 23:7)

There is in my narrow thinking only one source of truth in this world and that is found between the covers of the Bible. The Bible is the source of all truth, all knowledge and all wisdom. Within the covers of the Bible is all that mankind needs to survive this world. “Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.” (Ronald Reagan) The truth is that the grace of God is sufficient to lead us through and overcome this world and set our feet squarely on the soil of the Promised Land. Jesus is, “the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)

God is the provider. Worlds rise and fall by His provision. Men ask why a God of love would not provide good things to mankind. In simple answer I say, “He does.” All that will happen from the alpha to the omega will come about according to His will and good pleasure. There is a fallen arch angel who goes to and fro across creation seeking to “steal and kill and destroy.” (John 10:10) His is not the image in which we were created, yet, he seeks to destroy that image by his deception and lies. He seeks to rob from God that which was created in His image. As a result we all are involved in a great spiritual battle for the souls of men. Souls that God loves and souls that Satan seeks to destroy. And because by God’s mercy we have been created in His image we have the ability to reason and make choices and to bear the consequence of our choices. It is our choice to seek the Kingdom of God or to fall to the kingdom of the pit. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

By the fall we are born as children of the darkness but by seeking His truth we can become Children of God. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13) By the fall our flesh has been cursed and appointed a time to die. But by living in the Word of God, the truth, we can be born again, born anew in the spirit, where the old way has passed and the new way to live is present. It is through God’s Word, which shall endure forever, that we also shall find everlasting life in the halls of the Master. “For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.” (1 Peter 1:23)

God gave us His best. He gave us the best world to live in. At its creation it was in perfect harmony. He has given us the best future in the Kingdom of God. God has given us the greatest gift that any man could receive that of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the Son of God. These blessings from God are not something we could earn neither could we buy, they are gifts given without cost to us. What then is expected from us in return? Our love and fellowship. Our fellowship and partnership in telling the world of His gospel message. Telling the world so that they may too have the opportunity to receive the full blessing of a loving Heavenly Father. Set this goal then as your purpose in life here along our journey through this darkened world. Let this become your passion in life as it is in our Lord’s. Set this race before you and persevere that when you reach the far bank of the river you may hear, “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23 NIV)

His call is not a ticket to easy street, the Christian life is a life of struggle as our rest is not during the walk but at the destination. It is a path of surety, as He has prepared the way. It is a destiny founded upon our hope that is secured by His word which is true. It is easy to believe as we look back and see the hand of God all through our past days, then it becomes easy to trust and have faith in His word as we have tried it and found it true. There is no question in course as our Lord is always just ahead leading the way home. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

We have been placed in this world for the benefit of those who hunger for the truth. We are not the keepers of that truth but the sharers of that truth. Where ever life takes us, whatever we must do, we accomplish in His power the cause of the gospel. “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:17) We are not the best but we are becoming as His best as we grown in the image of Him who has created us. This is the goal to become more like Jesus. “More like Jesus would I be, let my Savior dwell with me; Fill my soul with peace and love—make me gentle as a dove; More like Jesus, while I go, pilgrim in this world below; Poor in spirit would I be; let my Savior dwell in me.” (Fanny Crosby) Someday we shall return unto Him who gave us His best the He has made us to be because on that day we shall be as He is. “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” (1 John 3:2)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

Durant Bible College May 7, 2015

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