Press Toward the Mark
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
Another year of your life closes today.
How can you look back upon it? Have you made advancement in the divine life?
Have you increased in spirituality? Have you crucified self, with the
affections and lusts? Have you an increased interest in the study of God's
Word? Have you gained decided victories over your own feelings and waywardness?
Oh, what has been the record of your life for the year which has now passed
into eternity, never to be recalled?
As you enter upon a new year, let it be
with an earnest resolve to have your course onward and upward. Let your life be
more elevated and exalted than it has hitherto been. Make it your aim not to
seek your own interest and pleasure, but to advance the cause of your Redeemer.
Remain not in a position where you ever need help yourself, and where others
have to guard you to keep you in the narrow way. You may be strong to exert a
sanctifying influence upon others. You may be where your soul's interest will
be awakened to do good to others, to comfort the sorrowful, strengthen the
weak, and to bear your testimony for Christ whenever opportunity offers. Aim to
honor God in everything, always and everywhere. Carry your religion into
Prepare for eternity with such a zeal as
you have not yet manifested. Educate your mind to love the Bible, to love the
prayer meeting, to love the hour of meditation, and, above all, the hour when
the soul communes with God. Become heavenly-minded if you would unite with the
heavenly choir in the mansions above....
A new page is turned in the book of the
recording angel. . . . Let a record be stamped there which you will not be
ashamed to have revealed to the gaze of men and angels.
From My Life Today - Page 374