“And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, occupy till I come." (Luke 19:13)



With the lofty peak of spiritual maturity set before us, radiant glory so brilliant that it almost obscures the circumscribed confines of the present, there is often a sense of futility experienced – why do anything now? Why not wait until that hour has come? But there is an OCCUPYING UNTIL.



There is a balance wrought by the Spirit, so that we do not neglect the present because we see a greater work coming in the future, which will be pure, and redound to God’s glory. Nor would we become so involved with the ‘now’ that we are not steadily being prepared for that coming day. We live today in the light of tomorrow, yet we do not wait until tomorrow to begin to live. “The life WHICH I NOW LIVE in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God.” (Gal. 2:20)



The criterion for all our occupying efforts is still found to be that of our Lord: “I can of Mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and My judgment is just; because I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me,” (John 5:30). And, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me.” (John 4:34)



We are clearly admonished, “Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. – And whatsoever ye do, do heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men: knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord. (Col. 3:17, 23)



Surely our God is able to help us live each day in victory. There is no victory in self-striving, for that only builds up a work of the flesh that will ultimately be torn down. But moving in union with the will of God, He provides all that we need for each situation as the time comes, so that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”



Whate’er we do, whate’er we be,

Through Christ it is in victory.













VICTORY in OCCUPYING [Ray Prinzing]          1

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