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Christian Living Simplified

By Don Loftis | 10.14.15

Sometimes, as we read through the epistles of Paul, we are overwhelmed by the behaviors that need to be modified in order to follow Christ.  We are forced to analyze our speech, our thoughts, our ministries, and our attitudes.  Yet in the complexity, there is a repeated simplicity that we must not overlook.  Setting the GPS in the car does not shorten the trip or eliminate every possible detour, but it does set the course.

Albert Peyriquere insightfully wrote these words in his book, Voice From the Desert: “The whole aim of our life is to find Christ in our daily duties, noisy and distracting as they are.”  We are a people called “to follow in His steps” (I Peter 2:21) and to “have this mind which was in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 2:5).

The undergirding principle of discipleship is to know our leader and to follow His guidance.  Often we get lost in the details and even the “busyness” of ministry to such a degree that we fail to see Jesus.  That failure has the same result that it did for Peter, who in taking his eyes off of Jesus, began to sink in the waters of the Sea of Galilee.

How was the apostle Paul able to move beyond the baggage of being a persecutor and the fears of being persecuted himself?  I don’t know the full answer, but his words to the Philippians (3:13) are a great summary, “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

 


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