8 things to do for this year 2012 (in the light of Proverbs & Ecclesiastes)
The concluding word of the 2011 tour of the lifetime conference in Baguio was to remember your Creator in the days of your youth (Eccl. 12:1). To remember the Lord is actually to love Him. To simply say that we should love the Lord is too general. What is it to practically love the Lord?
1. Read the Bible. The first message of the conference was to view the book of Proverbs according to God's economy. However, are you reading the Bible? Forget about God's economy if in the first place you are not reading the Bible. If you love the Lord, at the very least read through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
2. Pray-read the word of God. Do not just read; at best¬† you will getting Bible knowledge. Learn to PRAY-READ. This is not just mere repetition of some phrases in the Bible. Learn to mingle your reading with prayer, and praying with reading. In this way, we will be able to cultivate our regenerated new man. The topmost enjoyment of the Lord should be our enjoyment of the Lord in the word of God.
3. Live a life of morning revival (Prov. 4:18). Having morning revival should be our living. However, are we really practicing morning revival or are we just having our morning reading? There is a big difference between these two. When we really have our morning revival, then we would get the supply (satisfied)¬† and the light (exposed). When we wake up in the morning, we have to give the Lord the preeminence.
4. Be diligent (Prov. 6:6-11). Many are diligent in their studies and work, but how about for the Lord and for the church? Romans 12:11 says, "Do not be slothful in zeal, but be burning in spirit, serving the Lord." We need to be diligent in pursuing the Lord and in grabbing the opportunity to serve the Lord.
5. Guard our heart with vigilance (Prov. 4:23). Our heart is the gateway to our spirit. God wants to dispense Himself more into our spirit, but our heart may become a hindrance to the Lord's dispensing. Our will may be stubborn, our emotion may be cold towards the Lord, and our mind may lose the interest in the things of the Lord. We need to always be on guard of our heart. We have to regularly ask the Lord to search us, know our heart, and to test us if there is any idolatry in our hearts (Psa. 139:23).
6. Buy the truth (Prov. 23:23). To buy the truth requires us to pay the price. We have to be constituted with the truth. How? It is by the Spirit, through the word, and in the church life. These three go together. Get into a reading program for this year. In this way we will be able to present the truth to others; this is actually the preaching of the gospel, which the Lord commissioned us to do.
7. Have some companions in the Lord (Eccl. 4:9-12). We cannot run the Christian race by ourselves alone. We need companions to encourage us and for us to encourage to. The twos and threes companionship is the principle in the Bible. Daniel had 3 friends with him in overcoming the tide of the age and in turning the age. If you want to be an overcomer, the Lord may ask you, "Who are your companions?" Pursue the Lord and preach the gospel together with your companions in the Lord.
8. Consecrate yourself for the full-time training (FTT). This is not in light with the book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, but if you love the Lord and mean business with Him, then the best environment for you to be gained by Him and be useful to Him is in the FTT. Prepare yourselves for the FTT. Don't wait to love and pursue the Lord in the training. It is normal for you to go the FTT after you graduate from college. Don't ask the Lord, "Should I go to the training?" The right question is, "Should I go to work or not?"