“That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.”
Everything is born to die. You are not going to stop something from dying no matter how talented you are or how smart you think you may be. I have seen some of the greatest works in history die, and these were works that in their day nobody thought would ever close down. You can look at the work of J. Frank Norris in Detroit, Michigan; and that work is no longer in existence. You can look at the great Highland Park Baptist Church that was pastored by Dr. Lee Roberson, and that church has been closed down. These two works, and many others were thought to never be able to die, but they did.
You may not be able to stop a work or ministry from dying, but you can prolong its days so that its influence continues. The verse above shows us this promise when God says, “…that he may prolong his days in his kingdom…” God is showing the believer how a church or ministry can prolong or extend the duration of the influential life. Five things you must do to prolong your days.
First, don’t let pride set into your heart. Never allow your heart to be lifted up. Pride has destroyed the strongest churches and ministries. When you think you are bigger than anyone and that you can do whatever you want and get away with it, you are not far from destruction. Pride has a way of lifting up someone’s heart to think nobody can take them down, only to find out that they were not bigger than sin’s grip.
Second, don’t think of yourself better than others. Never look down on others because they are not as “great” as you. Whatever work has been done through your life or ministry was not done because of you, but it was done because of God. To look down on others because you think you are better than they is nothing short of a haughty spirit, and the next step after haughtiness is a fall.
Third, keep the LORD’s commandments. Doing right is always the best medicine to keep you from sin. It is hard to take on the works of destruction when you are doing right. God doesn’t give you His commandments to set on a shelf as a decoration, but He gives them to you in expectancy of you doing them. You are walking a destructive path when God’s commandments are a mere decoration for your wall instead of a guide to live.
Fourth, keep your direction right. God told the people to “turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left.” He was telling them to keep their direction right. When your spiritual direction is right, your destination is bound to continue doing the commandments of the LORD. When your spiritual destination is wrong, you are bound to find yourself living a life of compromise and eventually a life of sin. You can’t have the wrong spiritual direction and end up in the right place.
Fifth, don’t quit. God says, “…to the end that he may prolong his days…” Doing right may seem to be fruitless, but you can’t quit when doing right seems to be taking you nowhere. Those whom God used mightily are those who didn’t quit in the day of adversity, and continued on when they didn’t see any progress. Take “quit” out of your options to do in the day of difficulty, and you will find the answer to overcome.