Things I have begun to understand in the last three days:
Any school boy can understand words, even good words. But there is a place where good words begin to come alive in a man. It is the latter which provokes this post.
Lowered eyes that cannot be raised, may be a sign of humility. (Keyword being “cannot“. Shame can have the same effect.) While eyes that will not lower, often are accompanied by the chin.
As a man desires, so he will become. The man who desires the things of this world, has already attained them. Even though they are not yet in his hand. Likewise, with the man who desires the things of Christ Jesus.
As a man compares himself to others, godliness leaves him. While the man who is able to be satisfied with what he has, is capable reaching toward godliness. The former sins by his comparison. While the other opens himself to the peace of God.
In the matter of godliness: The young man may think he has attained. But he does not know the extent of what is required. The old man has begun the journey. But no man can live long enough to attain all there is to attain. Continuance for both must be established.
In summary: Our dependence on the Holy Righteousness of Christ Jesus does not diminish with our accomplishments. It only grows stronger the higher we climb on the Mountain of holiness. Toward the pinnacle, the fall increases. While at its base, pride remains king.
Woe to those who do not consider these things, for what they lose, no man can count. And the sadness of their loss will never cease. For if it is difficult for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?
Yet who can tell where a man may begin? Those who remain In the Way of Christ may well accomplish great things. Perhaps the “greatest” has not yet been born; whether of flesh or spirit.
These things have come to me as I have entered 61 years of living. Why should those of lesser years give up now? And these things have come to me in a relatively short three years. What great hope lays, therefore, before my seniors?
It is necessary to encourage one another as the days grow more wicked. As these things become known, it is not right that we should bottle them up.
And it is not a righteous thought to believe that others will recognize the truth as they as they see it displayed in us. Where is the wise word of counsel from those who know? Laziness and fear are not godly traits.
By His Grace