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Eyes on the Prize

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16 February 2024

Saul of Tarsus was a prominent persecutor against the first century Christianity. In our time we would described him as a religious terrorist. However he encountered Jesus Christ on his way to Damascus where he was trying to expand the scope of his persecution against the Church of Jesus Christ. The light from heaven shone upon him and was from that moment supernaturally transformed to become an apostle of Jesus Christ. Acts chapter 9 From Saul of Tarsus he became Paul of Jesus. He eyes of understanding became enlightened and tenaciously he became an ardent preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles. An uncommon grace was extended to him to become an instrument in the hands of God to expand the mystery of the word of God in the New Testament. He authored about the two-thirds of the New Testament. He took the message of the gospel to a new level and to so many places in his time. He suffered many persecutions for the sake of the gospel. The sum total of his ordeal in the field of evangelism was what he summarized as ‘pressing towards the mark of his high calling.’ “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)

God called Abraham to leave his kindred in Ur of Chaldees and go to a place that He was going to show him. You can call this journey a journey without a definite destination. However, Abraham rose up with his family and began the journey. Perhaps you are thinking that he was a fool, that he should have demanded for the destination of his journey. Maybe you are right in a way. But this is not about being rational. It is about his faith in the Lord. It is about obedience to the word of God.  He did not look back because even at that olden days when the wisdom of God was still in obscurity to the generality of humanity, when Christianity was still far away from the reach of man, Abraham had seen the blue-print of heaven in the spiritual realm. He knew that God had laid the foundation of the New Jerusalem and he knew that God had built the city. For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Hebrews 11:10) That was why he continued faithfully through the length and breadth of Canaan seeking for the city built by God.  Every place he stopped, he erected an altar unto God Almighty and worshiped Him there.  The eyes of Abraham was all the while on the prize. No wonder, he was one of the saints that appeared in the spiritual Hall of Fame in the scripture.

Examine yourself this day in your Christian life, “Can it be said of you today that your eyes is on the glorious Prize of Heaven?” The Lord will guide us to His glorious side at last, in Jesus name, Amen.

Prayer: Greater than anything is the glorious city that had been prepared for the elects, the beautiful New Jerusalem where there is no tears nor sighing, where there is no night nor day. The light therein is the glory of God, The street is made of transparent gold. O Lord, my eyes is on this glorious prize, guide me to this glorious city in Jesus name, Amen.


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