With the busyness of life, we can find it difficult to establish and maintain priorities. However, to avoid being “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine” it is best to include in our “grounding” in Christianity a clear picture of the goal(s). We found our salvation in the word of God. Should we not find our goals as a follower there as well? I have been meditating on this for a while.
“No wind favors he who has no destined port.”
We cannot choose our path carefully if we do not know where we are going! In Genesis 12: ” 1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out… 4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him… we see at the start there is a “leaving”… a “departing” But as well as an “out of” in verse 1, there is a “unto” (a land that I will shew thee) And so with us. We start out bidden to leave the world-system behind, and “flee from the wrath to come” but, having obeyed that command, we search for guidance in getting to the “land” promised us. Again, the word that gave us salvation, being searched, will yield direction. While I highly value the input of others in Christ (please comment), I have gleaned some insight on my journey thus far.
We need a knowledge of God; the kind Paul sought after: Php 3:10, and at least in a measure, found: 2 Tim 1:12 As we learn more of Him, we can channel our thoughts, words, and deeds to bring glory to him: 1 Cor 10:31
We need to be “conformed to His image” by following the Godly, and God’s word: Rom 8:29, 1 Cor 11:1, 2 Tim 2:15, Jas 1:22
To The Saved:
We are told 16 times to love one another. There are two Greek words for “another”. One signifying another of the same kind, the other, one of a different kind. In this place it is another of the same kind, suggesting another saved, or born again individual: Jn 13:34; 15:12, 17; Ro 13:8; 1 Th 4:9; 1 Pe 1:22; 1 Jn 3:11, 23; 4:7, 11, 12; 2 Jn 5 Also to seek to edify; to build up one another: Rom 14:19
To The Church:
We are told to cause “The Church which is His Body” to be edified: Eph 4:12, and the “Local Church”: 1 Cor 14:12
To The Unsaved:
The unsaved need, above all, a knowledge that they are not right with God, and they need the gospel that can solve that problem. We need to carry out the “great commission”: Mk 16:15, Acts 1:8