6 Christian Endeavors for 2018
Endeavor to Make Jesus Christ Your Savior:
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Neither is there salvation in any other - No kind of healing, whether for body or soul, can come through any but him who is called Jesus. The spirit of health resides in him; and from him alone its influences must be received.
For there is none other name - Not only no other person, but no name except that divinely appointed one, Matthew 1:21, by which salvation from sin can be expected - none given under heaven - no other means ever devised by God himself for the salvation of a lost world. All other means were only subordinate, and referred to him, and had their efficacy from him alone. He was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world; and no man ever came, or can come, to the Father but by him. (Adam Clarke's Commentary).
Endeavor to Walk (live) by Faith:
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight
Better, and not by what we see (or, by appearance). It seems almost sad to alter the wording of a familiar and favorite text, but it must be admitted that the word translated “sight” never means the faculty of seeing, but always the form and fashion of the thing seen. (Comp. Luke 3:22; Luke 9:29; John 5:37.) The fact is taken for granted; and it comes as the proof that as we are, we are absent from the Lord. Now we believe in Him without seeing Him; hereafter we shall see Him face to face. Our life and conduct and our “walk” in this world rest on our belief in the Unseen. (Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers)
Endeavor to Cast Your Cares Upon Him (Jesus):
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Casting all your care, your anxiety, your distracting care, on him, for he careth, for he meddles or concerns himself, with the things that interest you. Whatever things concern a follower of God, whether they be spiritual or temporal, or whether in themselves great or small, God concerns himself with them; what affects them affects him; in all their afflictions he is afflicted. He who knows that God cares for him, need have no anxious cares about himself. This is a plain reference to Psalm 55:22: Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain thee. He will bear both thee and thy burden.
Endeavor to Pray about Everything:
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Be careful for nothing - Be not anxiously solicitous; do not give place to carking care, let what will occur; for anxiety cannot chance the state or condition of anything from bad to good, but will infallibly injure your own souls.
By prayer and supplication - God alone can help you; he is disposed to do it, but you must ask by prayer and supplication;
By prayer - solemn application to God from a sense of want.
Supplication - continuance in earnest prayer. With thanksgiving, for innumerable favors already received; and for dangers, evils, and deaths turned aside. And let your souls be found in this exercise, or in the disposition in which this exercise can be performed, at all times, on all occasions, and in all places.(Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible)
Endeavor to keep the Unity of the Spirit. (Ephesians 4:3)
Ephesians 4:3 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is always danger of discord where people are brought together in one society. There are so many different tastes, habits, feelings, intellectual varieties, levels of education, and temperament, that there is constant danger of division. Hence, there is so much need of caution and of care among believers. (Albert Barnes Notes on the Bible)
Endeavor to go to Church. (Hebrews 10:25)
Hebrews 10:25 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.
The command, here is, to meet together for the worship of God, and it is enjoined on Christians as an important duty to do it. It is implied, also, that there is blame or fault where this is “neglected.”
As the manner of some is - Why those here referred to neglected public worship, is not specified. It may have been from such causes as the following:
(1) Some may have been deterred by the fear of persecution, as those who were thus assembled would be more exposed to danger than others.
(2) Some may have neglected the duty because they felt no interest in it - as professing Christians now sometimes do.
(3) It is possible that some may have had doubts about the necessity and propriety of this duty, and on that account may have neglected it.
(4) Or it may perhaps have been, though we can hardly suppose that this reason existed, that some may have neglected it from a cause which now sometimes operates - from dissatisfaction with a preacher, or with some member or members of the church, or with some measure in the church. (Albert Barnes Notes on the Bible)