FIRST CITY CHURCH OF CHRIST
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"Some Things To Consider"
Larry R. Ping II
The word “consider,” as used in God’s Word, means “to learn thoroughly; to note accurately; to think about, ponder; to behold; to perceive.” Understanding this, have you considered the following?
1. Have You Considered Job? This was the twice uttered query of God in Job 1:8 and Job 2:3. He was asking Satan about Job, who was described as man who was “perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil” (Job 1:1, Job 2:3). We would do well to learn to walk in the ways of Job, who was championed in James 5:11 for his “patience.”
2. Have You Considered The Poor? The Psalmist penned “Blessed is he that considereth the poor” (Psa. 41:1). The wise man added “The righteous considereth the cause of the poor” (Prov. 29:7). Most likely, there are scores of folks much worse off than we. May we take note of them, and do our best to help in their time of need.
3. Have You Considered The Latter End? Moses wrote of this in Deut. 32:29. Each day should be lived knowing it could be our last (Heb. 9:27).
4. Have You Considered The Ant’s Way? This is the plea of Solomon in Prov. 6:6. Of the ant he writes “having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest” (Prov. 6:7-8). This wisdom is provided for those who are tempted to be lazy. Think about the ant, and be busy doing good.
5. Have You Considered Your Ways? The prophet Hosea demanded the people do so (Hos. 1:5). Special emphasis is placed upon the individual in this place. Paul wrote “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Gal. 6:1). Timothy was taught “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (I Tim. 4:16). An individual’s spiritual duty is first to himself. The individual is commanded to “keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27). Ponder your life and ensure it is in line with God’s Word.
6. Have You Considered The Lilies Of The Field? The Lord asked you to in Matt. 6:28. In Luke’s recording of the same event, he said “Consider the ravens” and “Consider the lilies” (Lk. 12:24,27). God provides for both the lily and the raven. We should understand how we are “better” than they, and God will certainly provide for us (Lk. 12:30; Matt. 6:32).
7. Have You Considered One Another? The writer of Hebrews ordered us to do so in Heb. 10:24. This directive is immediately followed by “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Heb. 10:25). One way for a Christian to be considerate of his brethren is to be faithful and steady in his attendance. How are you doing?
8. Have You Considered God’s Testimony? David did in Psa. 119:95. May we learn to look to God’s Word first and only, for within it are “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (II Pet. 1:3).