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Finish Line For The Flesh

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. -1 John 2:16

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with my flesh constantly.  The battle between what I know God wants in my life and what I want is always being waged.  Sadly my flesh often wins, but the truth is that the finish line for the deeds of my flesh is the dump.  The things I want, the stuff I must have, the accomplishments I think are so important all end up on the trash heap of failed flesh.

All that the world aspires to, all that I aspire to apart from God, is destined for the dump, to be thrown away, abandoned, forgotten.  The great monuments to Stalin…at the dump.  The amazing car I “had to have”…trash.  The titles we must have to find worth and importance…forgotten.  All that the world offers, all that we want in the flesh is destined for the dump.  (I’ve said this several times for emphasis.  Maybe you don’t need to be reminded of it, but I do.)

I have to admit I often set my desires, my passions on things that will not last….things that cannot satisfy….fame that will quickly fade….things destined to be thrown away when we realize they don’t fulfill.  The finish line for the flesh is the dump…..it’s where we take the things we no longer want.  And soon this pile of trash…forgotten passions, failed fame, tarnished desires becomes a mountain and monument to the failures of the flesh.

I so long to make choices that please God.  I want to want what God wants.  I want to desire what he wants in my life, but I must admit I too often fall short.  The monument to the failures of our fleshly desires should remind us that the flesh will never satisfy,  it simply can’t.
I long to follow Paul’s advice as he speaks to the Colossian church and writes,

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.  And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.”

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One Day….

“Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  -Philippians 2

One day, and it’s coming soon, every knee will bow at the name of Jesus and confess he is Lord. That is the claim of the the Bible as it speaks of what Jesus did and who he is.

Every knee will bow.  This is a claim of exclusive nature.  It’s a claim that Jesus, and Jesus alone will be worshipped one day as Lord of heaven and earth. That’s why Jesus is the lightning rod of so much conflict and discussion.

If he is who he claimed we all must worship him.  If he isn’t then any other religion will work just fine. But this claim from Philippians demands attention.  It forces us to make a decision- either he is Lord or he isn’t.  He doesn’t get a “nice guy” pat on the back and “glad you were a good man” claim.  That is not an option.

If he was and is who he claimed and this passage will one day be reality (as I believe it will) then every knee will bow and worship Jesus as God.

No matter your religious faith this claim is profound!  It’s a claim that one day Stalin will bow his knees to Jesus, one day the Pope will bow, Muhammad will bow, Buddha will bow, Charles Darwin will bow, Richard Dawkins will bow, Gandhi will bow, every man, woman, boy and girl of all history will bow and worship him as Lord.

One day we will see all the “greats” of time and history  on their knees before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  If the bible is true it would be the wisest choice of your life to bow your knees now and worship the one who claimed to be God because one day we all will bow our knees and worship him.  Why not start now?

 

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