“We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Do we know anything of such an attitude? Have we been looking at the things which are seen today or at the things that are unseen? These things are revealed so that we can look at them. “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2). Associated with Him, risen with Him, set your mind on Him. The affections and the mind are distinct things; the Spirit assumes that the affections will follow Christ there, but is the mind there? The cross upon earth answers to the heavenly glory. How fatal the influence of the world that comes between me and the risen, glorified Christ. Are our hearts lingering in the scene out of which He has gone? Or are our hearts and minds set upon Him, where He is in the glory? “Our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20). Citizenship was everything to a Roman; it came before the dearest relationship. All that forms our life is in heaven now. How feeble is our grasp of these things! What is the practical power of them? Does everything about us bear witness to them, so that we are only waiting for Him to come, to take us to Himself, in whom all our joys and our hopes have centered while here? Not one thing has been withheld from us, and He is engaged in service for us in the glory, so that there may be no hindrance to our enjoyment of these things. May we be going about this dark world with our faces lit up, or at all events our hearts, with His love. We have found what satisfies us divinely and forever.
Our hearts are full of thanksgiving to the Lord who is the Faithful and True. He is our help in years past and our hope for all that is to come. To you, dear reader, who is praying for Toward the Mark and to those who are helping in producing this exercise, the Lord knows each one and He is the reward of their quiet labor of love. With the New Year upon us, it is our prayer that you will find Toward the Mark helpful for you as you face the daily challenges of school or work, as we are dependent on Him to feed and strengthen His people. Thank you for your overwhelming response and encouragement to this exercise.
Please keep praying for the Lord’s blessing on Toward the Mark.
Yours in our soon-coming Lord,
Emil S. Nashed
Please send your questions and comments to:
Toward The Mark
c/o Wayne Christian Assembly
60 Smith Lane
Wayne, NJ 07470-5354
Attention: Emil S. Nashed