September 25, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Backwards

It’s Friday again, and you know what that means. Time for another five minutes of off-the-cuff writing, musings straight-from-the-heart, on a specific topic. And today, that Five Minute Friday topic of choice is…

Backwards

We are weak in our flesh and sinful in the most inner parts of our hearts. We are so opposite of our God, our Creator, in every way that He tells us His ways are far above our ways, and His thoughts are far higher than our thoughts. He asks who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor? We cannot know Him fully in our sinful human state. We will not know Him fully until we reach Heaven – and then, Paul tells us, we shall know Him even as He knows us!

But here we are on earth for the time being. And during this time, we so often try to do things backwards. We look behind us, at things we have lost or grown out of. We put our own desires first, rather than seeking the desires of others. We look for what we can get out of things, rather than how much we can give.

However, Christ came to earth not to be ministered unto, but to minister. And Paul admonishes us to forget those things that are behind, and reach on toward what is ahead. We are to press toward the prize, the mark, the goal. What goal is that? That we may know Christ, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings.

We will suffer here on earth. But that doesn’t send us backwards. Rather, it propels us forward towards the cross. Towards Christ. We must suffer with Him now, in order to be glorified with Him later. And forward, march!

Time’s Up!


Comments

  1. It's amazing how backwards we do things here on earth! They are getting more and more backwards unfortunately! It's interesting that, as you point out, suffering moves us further, not further back.

    Have a lovely day!

  2. Yes, I read Phil 1:27-30 this morning about this very suffering.