As we all know, every student needs to be examine. Have you ever examine yourself with the word of God before? Apostle Paul said in the book of Philippians 3:14 that “I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus”. Meaning that he was sure that one day, he will be part of the kingdom of God if only he continue to do the will of God.
Have you ever sat down and think about where you will be when Christ comes? Only the victorious runners in the Lord Jesus will receive the reward. Apostle Paul said in one of his books that “don’t you know that in a race, all the runners run, but only one get the prize? Run in such away as to get the prize.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to receive a crown that will not last; but we do it to receive a crown that will last forever”. Please it is good for us to prepare ourselves for his coming so that we can receive the crown that will last forever. Remember that we are warriors; warriors are ever ready for every battle. We have to make ourselves ready for the Lord coming because the hour is unknown.
Read the story about the ten virgin in the bible (matt.25:1-13). In the book of Philippians 3:13 says “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead”. Permit me to tell you this; what is ahead of us is greater than anything on this earth. It is written that all things shall pass away but the word of God lives forever. So let us not allow things of this world to drive us from the kingdom of God. Forget about the pass and press on towards the goal to win the prize.
I want to give you a typical example about chasing things of the world. My father is a pagan and he really loves things of this world. The marine spirit took him away into the sea for seven good years. When the spirit brought him back, he became rich and even used some of the money to sew dresses (pants).To be frank, the spirit deceived him and now he is nothing before men. I can say, sometimes what he have to eat is a problem for him. At first he hate to see us because we are Christian but now the Lord is touching his heart. Listen to this carefully, we went to him to preach for repentance and this is what he said: My children, i have pass through a lot of things, I have tested all spirit but I have now release that there is power above all powers and that power is the name Jesus Christ, and He is Lord of lords. I know one day I will accept him before I die”. So you see, there is nothing good in this world than in heaven.
The bible says we should not love the world or any thing in the world, anyone that love the world the love of the father is not in him. so called Christian are carried by the world, they seek other powers to get rich and enjoy their life. Jesus said not everyone that says Lord; lord shall enter into the kingdom of God. Most people are following miracles today but the bible says in Mark 16:17 and this sign will accompany those who believe: but not us following the signs. I don’t know whether the same thing is happen in your country.
In Africa this time, people are really following miracles but not miracles following them. Instead of given their life to Christ fully, so that at due time God will bless them. They move from one church to other seeking miracles to be rich and to live luxury life without thinking about the greatest things in heaven. So called pastors join other medium to do miracles to be rich. Please beware, don’t follow miracles and signs but if you believe in Jesus miracles and signs will follow you. Miracle is real but seeks God and use only Jesus name in every thing that you do. Walk through the narrow gate to receive the crown.
Please don’t let suffering separate you and your God. Apostle Paul said “I am convinced that either death or life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers. Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Roman 8:38). He made a firmed decision that nothing can separate him from Jesus our Lord and what about you. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. We need to persevere so that when we have done the will of God, we will receive what he has promised. Let us not stand against the will of God but walk in his plan to win the prize.
Please I want us to test ourselves if truly we love the Lord and our neighbors with this verse in the book of 1corithians 13:4 Love is patience, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self- seeking it is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects always trusts, always perseveres. This is what I want us to do, use your name to replace “it” in the verse. For instance, "Derrick is patient."
Please examine yourself whether you are patience, kind, does not envy etc. Let me remind you that the bible says that the kingdom of God is full of love and without love will we be there?