'I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.' Philippians 4:13 NLT
A professor stood before his class of senior biology students. It was the final exam. He said, 'I have been privileged to be your instructor this semester, and I know how hard you have worked to prepare for this test. Because I am confident that you know this material, I am prepared to offer an automatic 'B' to anyone who opts to skip taking the final exam.' A number of students jumped up, thanked the professor for the lifeline he had thrown them, and left. The teacher then handed out the final exam. It was just two sentences. It read: 'Congratulations, you have just received an 'A' in this class. Keep believing in yourself.'
The apostle Paul experienced more trouble in a month than most of us will see in a lifetime because of his persistence in spreading Jesus' salvation message. Yet he wrote, 'I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength' (Philippians 4:13 NLT).
Too many people are willing to settle for average. They have enough money to be comfortable, a job they can put up with, an easy church where they can just enjoy the service, chat with other comfortable friends and go home. The apostle Paul also said, 'I can't consider myself a winner yet. This is what I do: I don't look back, I lengthen my stride, and I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God's heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 3:13-14 GWT).
So what now? Refuse to settle for a 'B' - for God and for your life!
Soulfood: Acts 1:1-3:10 Mk 3:7-12 Ps 43 Pro 10:17-18,