THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Wisdom Seekers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Basho
Thought 1678C-1

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; instead seek what they sought.”

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9 thoughts on “THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

  1. Do not follow the men….follow for what they sought. Paul says something similar….”follow me as I FOLLOW CHRIST” For Paul made it very clear that he was sold out, true to the core, completely dedicated and enslaved to TRUTH and the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Church history has it that Paul was martyred for this total and complete trust in Jesus Christ. We CAN follow people like that, keeping in mind that we must not idolize them , but rather respect and stringently seek after what they are seeking after.
    St. Paul says in Phil. 3:12, “Not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect, but I follow after (to know the CHRIST) in all His capacities….to experience His sufferings and the power of His resurrection. [*My notes say that Paul does know Christ at this point, but he desires to know HIM more and more and in an even greater capacity. Paul wants to die like Jesus did, but Paul wants to die to his own sin & to self. ] I say AMEN! to that!!
    v.13 “forgetting those things which lie behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I PRESS TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN JESUS CHRIST” v.15 “Let as many of us who strive to be perfect be like minded. v.16 “so let us who have already attained to some degree that high calling, keep walking in the same rules of high moral conduct and be in the same mind as Christ the Lord.”
    Now there’s a man one could follow because he held to CHRIST in every moment, in every capacity, in every situation….more and more and more.
    In a world of idol worship, celebrity ogling and
    hero-mania there is really only one marching order…the world behind us….the cross in front.

  2. Do not follow in the steps of men of the past, instead seek for what they sought. This quote reminds me of my Grandpa. He had one of those miraculous conversions on the steps of a church. He was completely changed, and determined in his heart to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. He immediately started attending a Baptist Church in a rural town in Oklahoma. He obtained materials from Billy Graham, and his living area had studies all over the place. He thought about how he could serve the Lord and decided he would clean the little Baptist church. The whole community knew him as a man determined to know everything he could about Jesus. He would mark his Bible with the verses that meant the most to him by either a big X or underlined in red. People in the community knew him and all began to call him Grandpa. His character had been completely changed by studying the character of Jesus. Later after his death and years later near the death of my own father, I found my father reading all the underlined verses and chapters with x marks. Grandfather’s faith stirred up and enticed my own father to seek for the one Grandfather sought so long ago – JESUS. On the day my own father died, he said he could see the Light coming for him. He also saw that morning a beautiful garden that he did not want to leave. God had shown me before I even heard of the story that he was in the garden with Jesus whom he sought. I went through the house after his death and books of all kinds about Jesus were open. Drawing on the example of my Grandpa and Father, and the great men and women of God in the Bible and down through the ages, may we as MG said put JESUS in front of us and the world behind us. May we leave a legacy of one who sought JESUS.

  3. This quote and what MG and Rena wrote remind me of the patriarchs of old such as Abraham. Heb 11:13-14 tells us that they were not seeking things in this world. In fact they said they were strangers and pilgrims on this earth. They sought a homeland, a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God (Heb 11:10). And because they sought a heavenly country God was not ashamed to be called their God for He had prepared a city for them (Heb 11:16). We should seek what they sought. They had their priorities in the right place. They sought first the Kingdom of God (matt 6:33).

  4. Yes, Rena, as you have shown in this very touching example of your beloved forefathers, it seems the more and more we get to know the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the less and less we need the world’s garish glamor; the less it appeals to us; the less it satisfies us. It’s not that we don’t enjoy life and what God has abundantly provided for us, for Jesus said, “I have come to give you life and that, more abundantly.” But to KNOW HIM is to know peace and love and true joy no matter what hindrances come against us.
    Your grandfather and your dad found something most desirable and most pleasant and ETERNAL. It seems your maternal grandfather influenced your father unto good works. Your daddy wanted what your grandfather had found. THE LORD!
    That was excellent leadership.

  5. Yes…seek what they sought, not them…the true Light…I thought of Saras mother, Mrs Ada and whom and what she was seeking and found…I remember the song she wrote…”I want to live in that City”….the Last verse says..”and the Lamb furnishes the light”….thats who and what she sought and thats the legacy and instructions she left not just to her children but to their children and to all who would come to know her children….because thats who and what they sought and still seek….the true Light and Wisdom ….the King of Kings…Christ Jesus….dj

  6. Yes, Dorothy. I agree with you. I believe that’s what Debi was writing about when she quoted the verses “they were strangers and pilgrims seeking a homeland, a city, whose Maker & Builder is GOD” That seems like Mother Ada’s whole song, as you suggest. She wrote in her composition, “where mansions are ever ready for immortals to occupy.” I thought of that verse of her song, a lot. I thought at first it might be “mortals” but NO!!! We will be IMMORTAL when it’s time to occupy the mansions in OUR FATHER’S HOUSE.
    But to speak about seeking the Creator rather than the created, Paul writes in 1Cor. 3:18-23, “Let no man deceive himself. If any MAN among you seems to be wise in this world or in this age, let him become as a fool that he may be wise because the WISDOM OF THIS WORLD (you could say of men) is foolishness with GOD. It is written, ‘The Lord God takes the “wise” in their own craftiness. And the Lord God knows the thoughts of the “worldly wise” that they are vain.” Therefore LET NO MAN GLORY in “men”. For we are children of OUR FATHER and we have it all!”
    In the next chapter, Paul says again,”….learn to not think of men above that which is written (the WORD) so that no one will become puffed up, one against another striving for advantage. For WHO distinguishes you, one from another…AND WHAT DOES ANY ONE OF US HAVE THAT THAT WE DID NOT RECEIVE (FROM THE LORD AND THROUGH THE
    WORD? )
    So,as the “thought for the day” advises, “seek the KINGDOM that godly men and women seek”

  7. John 8:38 Message Jesus said…” I’m talking about things I have seen while keeping company with the Father, and you just go on doing what you have heard from your father.”

    This speaks volumes to me and herein fulfills this quote for me…..

  8. The men of old sought wisdom and found it. Some very secular men found wisdom. When you read their writings some say what Solomon said about life.

    He said, “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget [it] not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

    I think that means as you walk with God on the earth, learn how to live on the earth and learn how to talk with God and to talk to others about God. And grow in your relationship with God so that he is a natural part of your life.

  9. Today in a Chinese fortune cookie my fortune said:

    One can never fill another’s shoes, rather he must outgrow the old shoes.

    Isn’t this interesting in light of the quote we are studying.

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