Just Do the Next Thing
“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others.” Winston Churchill
We have heard this truth a hundred times but it is most definitely true. We will never be able to move forward if we do not take the first step. All we must do is the next thing!
The first Christmas that my son, Sam, was coming home from college, I wanted everything to make a perfect homecoming. There was a large jar of his favorite candy bar cookies on the kitchen counter, the sweet aroma of cinnamon potpourri wafting through the air, the house was tidy and inviting, and a yummy supper awaited his arrival. We were thrilled to have him home and after dinner, he followed me up the stairs and into my bedroom, where a huge pile of unfolded laundry struggled to stay on a chair. He immediately went over to it and, hurling himself face first into it, sighed, “Aahh, home!”
This has been the continual joke in our home and it is probably funny because it is so very true. My laundry is never done! Somehow I am able to get it washed and dried but folding it is another matter entirely! The only way to courageously meet my laundry head on is to do the next thing…fold one load at a time.
The same is true when we face any other task as homeschooling moms….read the next chapter, thaw the meat for today’s dinner, change one diaper, load one more dish into the dishwasher, teach them at home for one more year, graciously respond to your naysayers just one more time.
When we see the whole in front of us, it is often too daunting to endure, even until bedtime. But by taking each task, one at a time, and doing it then and there, by God’s grace, we will persevere to the end.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
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1.We must acknowledge that we are all sinners. “For we are all become as one that is unclean, and all our righteousnesses are as a polluted garment: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isaiah 64:6) and “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
2.We are all accountable for our own sins before God. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Corinthians 5:10)
3.There is only one way to be forgiven of these sins and that is through the blood of Jesus Christ. “Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
4.If we confess our sin to the Lord and repent of it (not allow it to rule in our lives) we can be forgiven and be in right standing with God. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousenss.” (1 John 1:9)
5.Genuine salvation will result in living lives of good works but none of those works contribute in any way to our standing before God which is based solely and completely on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God. (Hebrews 10:12) and “Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:5) and “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)
6.We all, men and women, boys and girls, have direct access to the throne of grace because everyone who is a born-again believer in Jesus Christ is called a “priest and king” in God’s economy. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9)
I believe that many of the false teachings within the patriocentric movement are in direct contrast to these Scriptures and I would encourage each of us to first examine what we believe about Jesus and His work on the cross, its implications and its marvelous power.
Secondly, I would challenge anyone reading here to examine your own heart and ask yourself whether you have been trusting in good works….baptism, homeschooling, church attendance, modest dress, the list goes on and on, or if you have placed ALL your faith and hope in Jesus’ blood and righteousness alone.
And finally, I would challenge you to examine the teachings within your own church system, whether it is Protestant, Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, etc. Ask yourself what your church teaches about ecclesiastical authority and family authority. Does it line up with the Word of God? It is a top down system that requires certain works in exchange for a relationship with Jesus Christ or do you have the assurance that you are saved for eternity by His death on the cross in your stead? Does it teach that the fruits of the spirit and obedience to all the one anothers is what our lives will demonstrate or is there a list of man made rules?
If you desire to talk with me about this, please send me a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. My desire is that no one who visits this website will leave without knowing the glorious truth that we can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and can enjoy a life filled with His goodness and grace!