Milestones

It is important to mark our progress along the way. We don’t do as well if we don’t have any marks to determine progress. When the goal is too far away, we tend to lose sight and become discouraged. Education has several graduations including kindergarten. Each advancement is an accomplishment. Highschool or college graduation is an important step. Education is important but life is not measured by the number of degrees we hold. We collect many things in our life such as trophies and relationships. Important times include a trophy for little league, our first job, a wedding, children and even retirement. We don’t think of the last milestone as much as we do the next one.
 
What are the milestones with God? The Bible talks about children who were raised from birth as people dedicated to God. The first real milestone is our baptism into Christ to form a covenant with God. Jesus is the sacrifice for our sin, and we participate in the cleansing by our burial in water to join ourselves to Jesus in his death. We are raised from that burial to a new life. It is a milestone that marks the before and after relationship with God. It changes us from outside to in Christ. We go from darkness to light, from people of the flesh to being people of the Spirit.
 
After we have become a Christian, we seem to lose sight of the next goal. What else are we to accomplish? Jesus told his disciples he would make them fishers of men. He first calls them to be his disciples They would be able to tell others about Jesus to allow them to be disciples. He tells his disciples that they are to become like their master. They are to be servants of God in the same way Jesus serves him. They are to put first the kingdom of God and make God’s righteousness first priority in their lives. As we read the scriptures, we see many other things. Do we have to meet every milestone along the way? No, not all of them, only the next one.  
 
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13–14
 
Terry
Friday, June 12, 2020

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