Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Sunday, April 24, 2016

What I want

"Enoch WALKED with God...." Genesis 5:24

My heart is motivated, driven and governed by four great concerns.
Here are four things I want more than anything in this world.
I am not an ambitious man. But I am ambitious for these
four things. For the attainment of these four things I am
prepared, by the grace of God, to sacrifice everything else.
I count all other things to be but rubbish by comparison.

1. I want to know Christ (Phil. 3:10).

Yes, I believe that in measure I do know him. God has revealed
his grace and glory to me in the Person of his dear Son.
Still, I want a growing, spiritual, experimental knowledge of the
Lord Jesus Christ. I want to know all that he has done for me.
I want to know him. I want to know him fully.

2. I want to be totally committed to Christ.
I want to totally lose my life to Christ and in Christ, so that I
can truthfully say with the Apostle Paul, "For me to live is Christ."
I want to be committed to Christ as he was to the Father, so that
my heart says to him in all things, "Not my will, thy will be done"
It is my continual prayer that God will give me a heart--
committed to the Lord Jesus Christ,
committed to his will,
committed to his gospel,
committed to his people,
committed to the cause of his glory in this world.

3. I want to be like Christ.
My heart longs to be like him, conformed to him, made into
his likeness. I want to be like him love, tenderness, and
thoughtfulness, in zeal, dedication, and devotion, purity,
holiness, and righteousness.

4. I want to live in communion with Christ.

Like Enoch of old, I want to walk with God.

I know these goals are not attainable in this life. Yet, they are
the things for which my soul hungers and my heart thirsts. I cannot
be satisfied with less. "I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press
toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ
Jesus" (Phil. 3:13-14). "I shall be satisfied when I awake with
Christ's likeness" (Psa. 17:15), but not until then.

"Enoch WALKED with God...." Genesis 5:24


Don Fortner

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