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Fwd: Links Daily Devotional - October 17, 2005  
18th-Oct-2005 10:24 am
A) Jesus Inside
A ministry of Links Players International

"Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if
in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also
to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we
have attained." (Philippians 3:15-16, NASB)

Out of all golfers throughout history, whom would you most emulate?

Would it be Bobby Jones? Walter Hagen? Ben Hogan? Sam Snead? Fred
Couples? Jack Nicklaus? Tiger Woods?

Regardless our individual choices, most people would say that they
want to copy the best. And though we may differ about who the "best"
is, we all can agree that we do choose the greats because they inspire
us to develop our talents. Their abilities attract our attention and
motivate us to improve our games.

Now, how many of us can say that we have developed our talents to the
level that we can tell others to emulate us? How many of us have
written our own Golf My Way books?

Probably not many of us. But we do not give up just because we have
not risen to that level. No, we continue the process to become as good
as we can in the amount of time we are given.

Similarly in our Christian life, God calls us to His standard
(perfection), and though we never achieve it He wants this
unattainable attribute to be our focus.

Why? It is because God is glorified when our limitations become His provisions.

In Philippians 3:3-21, Paul painted a picture of the echoes of God's
faithfulness in his life and the "perfection of his spirit" through
the provisions of Christ.

We quickly see that if anyone can boast about their condition it
should be Paul, but yet we see how quickly Paul rebukes anything good
that has come from him and strives for the things that come from God.
Despite his trials, tribulations, miracles and healings, his focus was
on "what lies ahead."

Paul directed our focus to the King in a way that leaves no question
of what God requires: a "perfected attitude." If, as mature believers,
we have this attitude we must keep it. If we do not stand in this
perfection, God will reveal our lack and perfect us in His timing.

Therefore we may rest in God's plan, knowing that our attitude and
motivation will be developed by His inspiration in our lives--for a
mature believer understands that God's plan is ever unfolding.
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