“Stand firm in the LORD” – I Peter 5:9
Our market-driven culture has trained our hearts to be discontent, and most of us will spend our lives constantly trying to dream more, to do more, and to be more.
We all fall into this trap. While our efforts to succeed may very well motivate us to do great things, we usually end up feeling discouraged because – you guessed it – we still feel that we could have done more.
The Bible, on the other hand, never commands us to write a book, own a business, or become rich and famous. What it does command us to do is to fix our eyes on Jesus and to spend our efforts on keeping a steady course in that direction, or to stand firm (Joshua 23:6; I Cor. 16:13; Eph. 6:11; I Peter 5:9; Heb. 3:14; 2 Thess. 2:15; Phil. 1:27).
What? Are we really only meant to have one goal? Does the Bible really encourage us to stand still? Yes…while God may use us to do other incredible things along the way, our ultimate goal must be keeping our lives on a Christ-centered course. Anything that threatens to distract us from this isn’t a goal worth keeping.
Often I find myself trying to pursue so many different goals that I end up overwhelmed and exhausted. Just standing firm in Christ is one goal that can bring simplicity and clarity to each day. Will we make a difference? Will we leave a legacy? Will we matter?
If we find a way to stand steady in this turbulent world with its countless distractions, we will. Plain and simple.
Try trimming your “To-Do List” to just one thing: “Stand Firm.” See how much the LORD accomplishes through you!
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Ever seeking, ever striving, never satisfied till we find the Way, the Truth and the Life. Find purpose in fulfilling
God’s loving plan for each of us to His glory. We have to learn to rest in His plan, the best.
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You are so right that our culture is market-driven. I would like to add that our culture is full of people who are impatient. Even some Christians struggle in the area of patience; I would be included in this, and God is growing me in that area.
I like how you point out that, as Christians, God wants us to focus on him, and draw close to him; when we do that, God will use us to point others to him.
I wrote a blog post that touches on impatience.
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You are so right…impatience is the Achilles Heel of nearly every modern American! I’ll have to pop over and read your post!