“15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing..”
Let’s not confuse the word perfect here with perfection. It’s real meaning is mature. So Paul s asking those that are mature in the faith to be of the same mind he is according to yesterday’s lesson – pressing toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. He wants them to have that zeal that they had when they first got saved as well. This has to be an essential element of our walk with the Lord. How can we hope to be effective in ministry if we are not giving our all? I know I can do better, bring more of myself to the table, give more of myself. I will readily admit that I am not doing all I can. How about you?
Then he tells those who fud themselves like I am – not likeminded with him in pressing forward with all he’s got – that God will reveal that truth to them. He has revealed it to me as I’ve been doing more bible study and praying lately. Is He revealing this to you?
Then he switches gears a bit and talks about the condition they are currently in -that which they have already attained. So it’s time to examine our own lives. Where am I right now in my walk with the Lord? Let’s see.
I am currently housebound due to my battle with cancer and the side effects that have close to crippled me. So I am limited to what I can do from here. I have been consistently writing three blogs. Two are bible studies – this one in Philippians and another through the book of Psalms. The third is poetry and songs. My prayer life has increased as well as my devotional life. So I am doing some things. But I am also falling short. I am not recording the tunes for the songs I have written. My voice is back now, and this is something I need to do. I have also not been as consistent as I should be in praying for the people I said I will pray for. So on one hand, I am following through with those things I have already attained, and on the other I am not. How about you? Will you take inventory and see where you stand? Today?