No matter what age we may be, we need to:
See God more clearly....
Love Him more dearly....
Follow Him more nearly.
The song 'Wonderful Wonderful Jesus' says it well:
There is never a day so dreary,
There is never a night so long,
But the soul that is trusting in Jesus
Will somewhere find a song.
Wonderful, wonderful Jesus,
In the heart He implanteth a song:
A song of deliverance, of courage, of strength,
In the heart He implanteth a song.
There is never a cross so heavy,
There is never a weight of woe,
But that Jesus will help to carry
Because He loveth so.
There is never a care or burden,
There is never a grief or loss,
But that Jesus in love will lighten
When carried to the cross.
There is never a guilty sinner,
There is never a wandering one,
But that God can in mercy pardon
Through Jesus Christ, His Son.
(Words: Anna B. Russell: Music: Ernest O. Sellers)
1) DO NOT LOSE THE WONDER OF YOUR BODY: (Psalm 139:13-14)
"You God have been my guide from my mother's womb. I will praise you Lord, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your words are wonderful and I know that fully!"
Notice there is no time limit on this.
At 78 years of age, I am amazed at strengths and body functions that are still able to function!
I've told La Moyne that I want to focus on 'what I have left' and NOT on what I've lost!
It is human to focus on the hurts and weaknesses...
but God helps us to magnify the positives.
As the old song goes:
"You've got accentuate the positives,
eliminate the negatives,
latch on to the affirmative and
don't mess with 'Mr. In-Between'.
The body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit from which to project The Person....
(and and love) of Christ.
"We are to present our body as a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God.....
which is our reasonable service."
I Corinthians 6:19-20:
"Don't you know your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you from God?"
"You are not your own, you were bought with a price, therefore Glorify God....
in your body and in your spirit which are God's."
Outward looks and some inner strengths may lessen...
but God will take care of His own....if you will let Him!
I don't have much hair left... and I've had 2 stents put in my arteries...
but God has my body such as it is. He can do far more with it, than I can on my own!
God is great and God is good...no matter what age you may be!
2) DO NOT LOSE THE WONDER OF YOUR MIND:
The Apostle Paul MUST have had one of the keenest minds God ever gave anyone!
In Philippians 2:5-11:
The emphasis is on 'Let (allow) this mind to be in you, like was in Christ".
Please read this passage and let God make you....
an humble, servant-minded, obedient follower of Him....even unto death.
Here are some good Scriptures on 'How to have a keener mind for life's last laps':
a) Isaiah 26:3-4:
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.
Trust in the Lord forever for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength."
b) Luke 12:29:
"Do not be of a doubtful mind"
c) Romans 8:6-8:
"The carnal (sinful) mind is an enemy to God."
d) James 1:8 and 4:8:
"Don't have a double mind"
e) II Corinthians 8:12:
"First and foremost, there must be a willing mind".
A 'willing' mind takes all that God gives and gives all that God asks.
3) DO NOT LOSE THE WONDER OF YOUR SOUL AND SPIRIT:
When we were being appointed as missionaries to Korea in Richmond, Va. in 1960,
Dr. Baker James Cauthen challenged us with these words:
"As you go, please remember that it's the soul in that hunk of clay....
that is eternally important."
He was not saying that the 'hunk of clay' was not important,
but that the soul is eternal and most important.
Also emanating out of that soul, is your Spirit....
(a gift from God when we were born again).
Our bodies are temporal, but our souls are eternal.
Don't spend all of your time on the body and neglect the soul/spirit....which are eternal.
4) DO NOT LOSE THE WONDER OF YOUR WILL....AND HIS WORK:
Romans 12 emphasizes this and Jesus exemplified it by His life...
and His words in Gethsemane..."Not my will but thine be done."
"It is God Who works in and through you both to will and to do, of His good pleasure".
II Timothy 2:
The whole chapter underlines our work is to be 'like a teacher, athlete, farmer, and soldier'.
Actually the best word to describe us is 'we are stewards of all that God gives us'.
We are 'blessed to be a blessing'.
Our lives will 'wonder at the wonders of God'....or....
will 'wander away from the wonders of God'.
Three things are 'key' here in a life of active faith:
1) REMEMBERING THE BEST OF YESTERDAY.
Our testimonies have a great present and future, but don't forget where it all started.
That is the testimony that many NEED, but do not have.
2) CELEBRATING THE MEANING OF TODAY.
"Today is the day the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad".
Don't crucify today between 2 thieves....yesterday's regrets and tomorrow's fears!
3) DREAMING THE WONDERS OF TOMORROW:
We must believe that the best is yet to be,
even though the physical and mental may ebb.
The spiritual can refresh, like high tide. (Psalms 40:1-4)
"Be patient....God is not through with me yet".
The danger of many Christians is to allow public worship to take the place of private worship. (Or that can be reversed)
Worship is the experience of 'being lost in wonder, love and praise'.
Charles Wesley said: "Worship is 'awe that inspires adoration'.
True worship changes 'admiration into adoration'..... and your life will show it".