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Mar 29th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. In the next few days we will be considering ‘fulfilment’. During your life and stay of earth and within the church of Christ you must be able to perform so that you achieve your God-given destiny. Christ lived a fulfilled life and at the end he could say to His heavenly Father, “I have finished the work you gave me to do”. So you, too, must be able to complete your course in life and work.

FULFILMENT – INTO ONE’S CALLING – 2 Kings 2

Elisha never had any doubt that he had been called by God to fulfil the role of a prophet. When Elijah first encountered him he was ready to move out in an instant to be with him and serve as his apprentice – 1 Kings 19; 19-21. The older servant of God must have been quite impressed by his sudden and total commitment and had every reason to be pleased by the young man’s love and loyalty. How keen and devoted he tuned out to be! But Elisha was expecting much more so that he could be totally fulfilled in and for Jehovah.

The home-call of Elijah was the perfect moment for him to become more fulfilled. He would not let the old prophet out of his sights and how inspired he must have been when Elijah asked what was his primary desire. He was instant in answering: “I pray you, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me” – 2 Kings 2: 9. When Elijah’s mantle was left behind he knew that it was his to be clothed with and to be used with telling effect.

As you have been summoned by the Lord to fulfil a divine vocation, how can you rest until it has been fully realised? The example of Elisha must spur you into faith and action so that you leave a trail of spiritual blessing in your wake, where other lives are impacted and set ablaze for the Lord. The only way you can not suffer disappointment is by being fulfilled in and by the Lord for Him   You have been called to be fulfilled.

QUOTES TO NOTE Fear

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela

SACRED SONGS

Make Me a Captive, Lord

The secret of a very released, fulfilled and satisfied Christian life is found in complete surrender to Jesus Christ. Only when there is a complete yieldedness to Him in life and service is there any real blessedness and delight in real achievement. Sometimes it takes Christ a great deal of love, patience and input to bring this about but he ever works to this great end.

 

George Matheson, D.D., was born at Glasgow, March 27, 1842, and although deprived of his eyesight in youth he passed a brilliant course at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated M.A. in 1862. In 1868 he became the parish minister at Innellan; and subsequently of St. Bernard’s, Edinburgh. He was the Baird Lecturer in 1881, and St. Giles Lecturer in 1882. He has published several important prose works. His poetical pieces were collected and published in 1890 as Sacred Songs,

1/.  Make me a captive, Lord, and then I shall be free;
Force me to render up my sword, and I shall conqueror be.
I sink in life’s alarms when by myself I stand;
Imprison me within thine arms, and strong shall be my hand.

2/.  My heart is weak and poor  until it master find;
It has no spring of action sure, it varies with the wind.
It cannot freely move  till thou hast wrought its chain;
Enslave it with thy matchless love,  and deathless it shall reign.

3/.  My power is faint and low  till I have learned to serve;
It lacks the needed fire to glow, it lacks the breeze to nerve;
it cannot drive the world  until itself be driven;
Its flag can only be unfurled  when thou shalt breathe from heaven.

4/. My will is not my own  till thou hast made it thine;
If it would reach a monarch’s throne,  it must its crown resign;
It only stands unbent  amid the clashing strife,
When on thy bosom it has leant, and found in thee its life.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

THE PROCESS OF DIVINE LEARNING – Isaiah 28

The best and finest tutor that Israel could know was the Lord. How He wanted to mentor them aright and guide them in the knowledge that would enhance their experience and worth. The question is raised in v9 – “Whom shall He teach knowledge?”  This nation needed to be schooled and taught those truths that, if accepted and applied, would make them wise in the knowledge of God and His ways, make them sound in faith and conduct and produce a quality of life and destiny that would be sublime. If they listened aright they would learn that which would profit them.

There is the process expressed in which the Lord would be their Teacher in v10. It would be a gradual procedure – “precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, and there a little.” This shows He willed to go at their pace of learning and would not put them under pressure as long as they increased in understanding and learning. He was not hard or brutal in His approach in seeking to properly instruct them in essential knowledge that would make them into a great people. As they wisely and humbly sat at His feet He would distill doctrine that would enrich them in every way.

Within Christendom there is the demand to be truly instructed in vital Christian doctrine that will aid the believer grow in a perfect understanding of God, life, faith, ministry etc., so that there will come absolute fulfilment on all fronts. John, in his epistles, makes the point ‘that you may know.’ As you begin to know divine truth, and as it is incorporated into life, it will cause you to grow. Seek to take in the invaluable teaching that is presented in the New Testament epistles, and as you do so, there will come the gradual growth of God in your belief, being and behaviour.

 

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