What does it take to “go beyond?” Education? Wealth? Family? Networking? Occupation? Power?
What about “going beyond” for the Christian? Is it any different?
The first Psalm almost explodes with a joyful exclamation of one who “goes beyond.” That one is called “blessed.” And it is not just anyone. It is “the one” – the one who is genuinely “glad” to be a follower of Christ.
To look at some who profess to be followers of the Lord does not provide an answer. They do not seem to be satisfied with life, have a sense of peace about them or look forward to life with expectancy and joy. They appear “ordinary.” They give the world the wrong impression of what God has to offer us through Christ.
The first Psalm provides the “do’s” and “do not’s” to “go beyond” the ordinary Christian and become an extraordinary Christian.
Negatively, the extraordinary Christian does not follow the advice of the wicked, spend time talking to them, listening to their advice and even avoids being in their presence whenever possible.
Positively, the extraordinary Christian takes pleasure in honoring God, following His teachings and being obedient to His Word.
The extraordinary Christian is always seeking ways to grow into the likeness of Christ, to follow His teachings and to worship Him daily.
Prayer: Help us, Heavenly Father, to willingly make every and any sacrifice that is necessary to become all that we can become in You and through You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.