New unexplored frontiers
Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 28, 2009
If our Christian journey has become routine, mechanical, dry and without excitement, I believe God has a challenge for you and me, which you and I have never fully experienced. There are seven frontiers, which I have never fully explored but I desire to do so and invite you to go with me or go ahead of me.
Today I will simply list seven frontiers where there is still unexplored territory challenging any one of us, no matter how well or how poorly we have done in our Christian journey.
First is the frontier of walking in the Spirit. Each true believer has been born of the Spirit of God and is indwelt by the Spirit of God. But this is no more than the beginning of the journey. Jesus taught about what is made possible by the Holy Spirit living in us. Acts gives us information about what the Holy Spirit did in and with the early Christians. The letters of the Apostle Paul inform us what the Holy Spirit wants to do with us, through us and in us today. Let’s not be satisfied with where we are when the Frontier of the Holy Spirit beckons us to come.
Second is the frontier of prayer. Each believer has had experiences in prayer. But the example of our Lord Jesus in praying, his teachings on prayer and his promises concerning prayer call us to follow him fully in prayer. The examples of the churches praying in Acts and the teachings in the rest of the New Testament about prayer make us aware of the unending potential for us in prayer. Jesus taught us to always pray and not to grow faint hearted.
Third is the frontier of meditating in God’s word. The first Psalm is about the great and wonderful difference that meditating in God’s word day and night will make in a believer’s life. Jesus calls us to continue in His word in order to be true disciples. He wants us to stay connected to His word. Meditating in God’s word will rebuke us, correct us, show us the right way, prepare us to do God’s will, encourage us, make us different from the world, give us joy and increase our faith.
Fourth is the frontier of living the Cross. Our Lord Jesus not only wants us to trust in what He did for us on the cross so that he might be our Savior but He requires that we take up our cross daily and follow him. I think we do not know much about dying to self centeredness and embracing a Christ controlled life. A cross was necessary before the resurrection for Jesus and a death to self is necessary before His resurrection manifestation in our lives. It is a frontier unexplored awaiting us each day of life. The Apostle Paul said, “I die daily.” He also said, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ lives in me.” Jesus said, “The person that loses his life for my sake shall find it.”
Fifth is the frontier of living by faith. Jesus often challenged persons saying, “According to your faith be it unto you.” “Be not afraid, only believe,” He likewise said to those with different kinds of burdens. It was persons’ faith toward Him, which so often brought response from Jesus. The Bible says, “For without faith it is impossible to please God; believe that He is and that He rewards those who diligently seek him.” We are not able but “God is able.”
Sixth is the frontier of a servant spirit and servant action. Jesus announced, “I did not come to be served but to serve and to give my life.” The Apostle Paul said about Jesus, “He emptied himself and took upon himself the form of a servant…He humbled himself even to death upon a cross.” It may be that the most consistent principle throughout all Scripture is that “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” I assure you there is plenty of frontiers in each of our future journey to explore related to servant hood.
Seventh is the frontier of personal witness and disciple making. The last command of our Lord Jesus was for us to be involved in personal witness and disciple making under His authority and by His helping presence. Including the person in the house nearby or a person nearby wherever our daily journey takes us or persons on to the ends of the earth: the unexplored frontier awaits us.
May the Lord use the simple truth of this article to initiate in each of us an exciting, satisfying and faithful commitment to explore new frontiers with Christ.