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II John 8
I am convinced that there is no greater privilege, in this world, than to be a blood-bought redeemed child of God. Though one may be a Christian, and possess no great abundance of power, prestige, popularity, or praise; he still can be blessed, in that, he is one's of God's own elect. However, though being a Christian is second to none, there are still many hurts, heartaches, and hard times that we must face. Thus, I am always leery of those who always brag of the fact that they coast right along through life, hitting no bumps along the way. To be quite honest, I wish that that were my testimony, but the fact of the matter is, that as long as we're here, we will look, we will live, and we will labor.
I think of a great artist, who was once asked, "What's the best picture you ever painted?" His reply was, "The next one that I paint!" However, another artist, who was at the height of his fame, was lamenting saying, "It's too bad that I've failed." A friend asked him, in amazement, "What do you mean, you've failed?" The artist replied, "Because I've lost any hope of improvement!" 1
I remember, as a boy, we used to sing the song:
"He's still workin' on me,
To make me what I ought to be.
It took Him just a week,
To make the moon and stars,
The sun, earth, Jupiter, and Mars.
How loving, and patient He must be,
For, He's still working on me!"
The fact is, that none of us have arrived, and there will always be room for improvement in our Christian life.
In the text before us, we find a wonderful verse of scripture. It is found in, possibly one of the most neglected books in the Bible, II John. However, John the man who wrote the gospel bearing his name; and, the man, who at age 95, was exiled to an island called Patmos, and penned the book of the Revelation; now, in this epistle, takes upon the role of a pastor. In ...
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