Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Eternal

Have you ever thought deeply about the contribution of your life? Have you considered how the little choices form our lives moment by moment, day by day? Everyone is building something with their life, but how many are creating a work that is steadfast and sure?

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:9-11 & 16)

Two important truths are revealed in this passage: (1) Jesus Christ is the foundation which God is building His eternal work on and (2) everyone who has been born of God is a member of this work and must heed how he builds.

1. Christ is the One Foundation
Jesus, our Rock and Chief Cornerstone, is the only foundation that is from everlasting to everlasting. Only what is built on Him will stand forever. It's no wonder the Bible calls us to build on Christ and Christ alone, when we consider the daily temptations to build on other ground. How many conversations do we have throughout the day where someone uses emotion, experience, reason or human opinion to build a case for why they believe and act as they do? It's so easy, so natural to build our lives, our families, churches and nations on what we can feel and see instead of the Word. But only what is tempered by Jesus and His sayings will endure the winds and waves of this world and still be standing for eternity.

2. We Are The Temple of God
Here comes home a beautiful and sobering truth. God has chosen that His Spirit will no longer be housed in a majestic temple made with hands but in the heart of His people. We – you and I – are the Holy of Holies for the Holy Spirit. What other god loves and delights in his people so much that he desires to dwell in them? But with this joy comes a caution. Every man must heed how he builds on the Foundation. And since we are the lively stones that comprise this spiritual house, that means our thoughts, affections, actions and words ARE the building material. As other verses in this same passage reveal, man is saved by grace. However, the eternal rewards we will enjoy are determined by our labor for the gospel. So this leads us to ask, what am I building for? Am I building for the here and now or for the eternal?

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