PHILIPPIANS 3:13,14 .
It is the same note we read in these words to the Philippians, "Breth-
ren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forget-
ting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which
are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God
in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13,14). Consider these two elements; the
Christian way and the Christian aim.
The Christian way, dedication. The Christian life is one of whole
hearted concentration--"This one thing," not two things, not a dozen things.
No life can be very great, or very happy, or very useful without this element
of concentration. Everyone should have a work to do, and know what it is, and
do it with all his might. Decision is energy, and energy is power, and power
is confidence, and confidence to a remarkable degree contributes to success.
Many have failed, not from lack of ability, but from lack of this element of
concentration. Turn to any realm that you will, and the vital meaning of
concentration stands out in all human life.
Take the business world. A while ago one of the world's most success-
ful businessmen was visited by a group of young men, who sought his counsel
about how to succeed, and he gave them this advice: "Young gentlemen, get all
your eggs into one basket and watch that basket."
In the world of science, the truth of concentration seems to be writ-
ten into lives of notable scientists with living fire. Edison concentrated
his energies in the realm of electricity. The Wright brothers gave themselves
devotedly to a mastery of the secrets of the air. Scientists working in this
present time are highly specialized.
When we come to the highest realm of all--the realm of faith--this
element of concentration holds sway, just as in these other realms. No one
can serve two masters. One must be our Master and Jesus stands above all
mankind and says, "If you would be my disciple, then ...
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