Good morning all,
The word of the day is "shoal." In preparation for the sermon that I preached this past Sunday, I was convicted by the Lord to move deeper into a relationship with him. I know that might seem a little bit odd, figuring that he is always calling us to become closer, but it was just one of those moments that one has every now and again that remind them how important it is to continually get closer in relationship to him.
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
~1 Tim 6:12-16
Talk about an awesome charge of encouragement from Paul to Timothy! In these few verses, the apostle was telling this young man that he must continually fight to preserve what he accepted from Jesus. My question for you is: what are the things in life that are keeping you from becoming closer to God? Some of us like to sit on the shore, and sometimes wade into the shoal, when the Lord is calling us to go to the deep waters. When we move from the familiar to the unfamiliar, God will move us further from what we have been and make us more of what we can become. My prayer is that each of you understands that God is calling you to a deeper relationship with him each moment, and that we must not take for granted that calling.
Praying for you,