Another Year Has Passed


[Some Personal Thoughts on the Believer's Accountability]

It seems hard to believe, but, yes, a year has passed!
Looking back I ask, What have you done?
How spent you the time allotted you?
How managed you the riches entrusted you?
Strength, health and wealth, temporal and eternal,
Say, what did you? Can you give a strict account?
As I tremble in silence standing, my eyes wet,
Recalling many a failure and faithlessness,
Another thought leaps to anguished mind,
Nay, think, What did the LORD in you?

Now I breathe again, I know He knows
He has faithful been to me, ne’er Himself denied.
He led me in paths unknown to me
He helped me see what a wretch saved He
He let my soul go down to the dust
‘Till I cried for Him to quicken me
Again and again, down took He me
Again and again, up brought He me
Painful though the process be
I knew His right hand upheld me.

Dear Jesus, now somewhat better I see
You don’t so want my works as me
And that for me to know, Who and What You are.
To know, to love, worship, adore
Fill me now with thirstings more
For You, my God, and You alone.


(written by Pradesh Shrestha, servant of Christ in Nepal)


Philippians 3:7-14

7: But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

8: Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

9: And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

10: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

11: If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

12: Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

13: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

14: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus

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