This week has been full of ups and downs.
I found myself a few days ago, lamenting over the fact that it was nearing the middle of January and I felt like I had not clearly defined what my pursuits would encompass.
I can be a bit indecisive.
I tend to get bogged down by the many and forget about the one important thing.
This has been my memory verse for the first couple weeks of the year:
For my determined purpose is that I may know Him, that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him,
Philippians 3: 10 (AMP)
That truly is the ONE thing.
Earlier this week, I received a text message from my friend Kierstan asking if I had downloaded this month’s free download. Please check this out and sign up to get their monthly offerings, they are always superb!
I had not.
Partly because I saw the email but then it became completely engulfed in my overflowing inbox and out of my line of vision. I solved this problem yesterday…whew!
Once I realized what book she was talking about, I remembered how much I loved reading this book. I made a beeline and took the book in hand.
This book was published in 1978 and I suppose that I read it during the late 80’s. It is well underlined with yellow highlighter yet I don’t instantly recall a lot of the contents. Below you will see a picture of the book (the book has different cover now) and what fell out of its pages when I opened it.
I suppose that I used this small ticket as a bookmark during a re-read.
I have thought about this ticket a lot this week.
The ticket is for one person.
It reminded me that I am responsible for my relationship with the Lord.
No one else.
I could lay blame on Carl that he didn’t wake me up so that I could have a few quiet moments with the Lord before the rest of the house wakes up. When truly, I am the one that continued to snooze my alarm.
It is up to me to be determined in my purpose to know Him. I love how the verse in Philippians describes getting to know the Lord as a progression. It doesn’t happen overnight or in an instant. It takes time. It takes determination to pursue God. Once we know Him, how could we not want to be like Him…HOLY.
In some ways this can be a lonely solitary pursuit yet it is all about picking the ONE amongst the many.
As I sat down to write today, I wanted to see what the first verse Jerry Bridges uses and it was what I was thinking it might be.
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord
Hebrews 12: 14
What amazed me was when I read:
(In the preface, he begins with an illustration about a farmer and his field.)
“Farming is a joint venture between God and the farmer. The farmer cannot do what God must do, and God will not do what the farmer should do.
We can say just as accurately that the pursuit of holiness is a joint venture between God and the Christian. No one can attain any degree of holiness without God working in his life, but just as surely no one will attain it without effort on his own part. God has made it possible for us to walk in holiness. But He has given to us the responsibility of doing the walking; He doe not do that for us.”
On Wednesday evening, I went to my class at church. For some reason, the book of Nehemiah was left out of my small Bible. I am not sure how that happened but it just wasn’t anywhere that I thought it should reside. My dear friend Barb helped me determine that my Bible was without defect. Oops!
My determined purpose is to know Him.
I need to know His Word.
That I may progressively become more deeply and more intimately acquainted with Him.
I need to know Him in His entirety not just in pieces.
I need to remember that even a few times through the Bible still leaves plenty of room to progressively learn more.
I have numbered my remaining days for this year.
I have counted the number of pages in my particular Bible (thank you Bo) in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
I would like to read the Old once this year and I would like to read the New twice.
Just by reading 3 pages of Old and 2 pages of New…that progresses me through the year.
Not too shabby I would say!
How are you doing on your pursuits?
What is it for you that will help you to progressively get to know Him more?
Let Him whisper to you what it is.
Sometimes it takes as text message, a fallen bookmark, someone else’s blog post or a misplaced book to turn the whisper to a dull roar…but whatever it is, listen.
Remember you are holding the ticket…don’t forget to use it!
If you are struggling, leave me a comment or send me an email…I would love to pray for you and encourage you as you seek the One best thing.
Email me at wassuphelen at yahoo dot com.