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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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08/12/2014

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Collision Courses


"Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved the world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica" (2 Tim.4:10).

When the apostle Paul wrote this letter to Timothy, he was imprisoned in Rome. It was not the first imprisonment in which he was under house arrest with moving around privileges, but in a dungeon in chains. The Lord is still Paul's first priority, but, perhaps due to the situation he is now in, it was not Demas'... If imprisonment is the final test of Paul's faith in the Lord, he passes it with flying colors... Demas deserts him and flees. This collision course has produced an extreme conflict of interests that is a tester of one's faith and fidelity to the Lord. None of us are likely to face something this drastic as our collision course, but conflicts of interests happen all the time. Here is what I see as the biblical teaching: "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him..... The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever" (1 Jn.2:15 & 17). One salient thing is clear to me here... I cannot give the first and best of myself in pursuit of worldly things and still turn around and say that the Lord is my first love. I can't put all my energies into one thing and then truthfully claim that another in more important. Jesus made this crystal clear when He talked about trying to serve two masters (Matt.6:24). It just doesn't work. My energy and enthusiasm will always follow my priorities, and Jesus is asking for wholehearted commitment... When the inevitable collision courses take place, Jesus simply says this... "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God...." (Matt.5:8). If we have this, the collisions will make us stronger...

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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