1 Corinthians 3:10 Build With Care

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 1 Corinthians 3:10

In every city across the nation, buildings are being built on a regular basis. Many are homes, while others are for businesses.

Regardless of what the purpose of the building is, the common factor in all of them is having a good strong foundation. Once the foundation is set, care also has to be taken to use the correct materials in the correct manner to build the rest of the building. If the correct materials are not used correctly, the building will fall, even with a good foundation.

Paul points out that it was by God’s grace that he was able to lay the foundation. Others are to build on that foundation with care.

Life as a believer must begin with Jesus as the foundation. Without Jesus, there is no life for eternity. However, once a person has that foundation and becomes a believer, he must then work on building upon it to raise his life up.

It is common for a person to become a believer, but then no longer works on building his life up in Christ. Once a person is a believer, he must grow in learning to be like Jesus more and more. It starts with turning away from sin, then can grow into being a witness and making other disciples. His faith in God must grow on a regular basis. His knowledge and understanding of God’s word must also grow.

The process of building up in Christ takes focused effort and care. With no focus, the life will not be made correctly and may likely fall apart. In the end God will test how the life of one is built.

If you are already a believer, you have a firm foundation in your life. Now it is time to be built up upon that foundation.

Seek God to know what He wants of you and how He wants you to be more like Jesus. Be careful in building up your life in Christ so that you do not build it as the world builds lives. Build with eternity and God’s kingdom in mind, not yours or this world’s kingdom.

What type of building are you in God’s kingdom?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live your life; that you will allow God to direct you in growing in Christ; that your life will be pleasing to God; and that you will live every area of your life for God.

Matthew 7:21 Are You Doing God’s Will?

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of the Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

Words are easy to speak. People can say that they will do something, but then not do it.

Every day contracts are drawn up by people agreeing to some type of agreement on what they will do. Promises are made and papers are signed. Shortly afterward, many of those contracts are broken. One side or the other does not do what was agreed upon.

Jesus makes a statement that just because people call Him ‘Lord’, does not mean they will get into heaven. Only those who obey the Father will get into heaven.

Just as it is easy to sign a contract, people can claim to believe in Jesus. They can claim to be a follower of Jesus with just a few words. On the surface everything looks and sounds good. But under the surface, in the heart of the person, it may be a different story.

Many claim to believe in Jesus, go to church and can even quote the bible, but very few actually obey God’s word to them. God calls people to be His witness, and very few actually work at being His witness. Many refuse to actually flee a life of sin, by purposefully living in a sinful way.

To call Jesus “Lord” is to actually make Him controller of one’s life.

God has a job for each person to do, each day. He will reveal that to the person who is open, listening and obedient to His word. As soon as one says ‘no’ to what God is telling him to do, he is sinning against God and being disobedient. That person is not going to enter heaven.

The true believer will do whatever God tells him to do immediately.

If you claim to be a believer in Jesus, you must ask yourself if you obey God’s word to you. Are you willing to do everything that God commands immediately and without question? Or do you pick and choose what you will do?

Your actions determine whether you are a true believer, or just a believer in word only. God is looking for people who will follow Him in every area of his life, not just in words and mind.

Are you a true believer? Are you doing God’s will?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God commands of you; that you will do whatever God tells you to do; that God will be the master of your life; and that God will be able to say of you that you are a good and faithful servant.

Hosea 11:2 Rejecting The Call

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But the more they were called, the more they went away from me. They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images. Hosea 11:2 

Everyday phone calls are made by telemarketers and debt collectors to millions of people. These are calls to attempt to sell something or to collect upon an old debt. While it is understandable for people to reject calls trying to sell something, many will also reject the calls to pay a debt.

Instead of dealing with the debt, people will often run the other direction and even incur more debt. It is about doing what self wants and making self happy, rather than completing one’s responsibilities and doing what is right.

God was upset because He kept calling the people of Israel. The more He called, the more they ran the other direction. Not only did they run the other direction, they also served false gods.

God is still in the business of calling people to this day. Some He is calling just to bring to salvation. These are the people who don’t know Him yet.

However God is still calling those who are believers to a work He as for them to do. Many believers, rather than do God’s work, will run the other direction. They do not want to be the witness God is calling them to be. They do not want to be the servant He is trying to call them to be.

Sadly many will even go so far as to follow and serve false gods. Running after the material things of this earth, rather than the eternal things of God.

Every believer has the call of God upon his life to do something for the kingdom of God. This will look different for each person, but each person has a part in building His kingdom and they need to do their part.

As a believer God also has a call upon your life. He has something for you to do in order for you to be a part of building His eternal kingdom starting here on this earth.

Do not run away from what God is calling you to do. He will be with you and will give you strength and favor in accomplishing His call. Doing what God desires will bring true fulfillment to your life. In the process of doing His will, God will also meet all of your needs.

I pray today that you will hear God’s call upon your life; that you will obey God’s call; that you will know God’s hand of favor in your life; that you will not run from what God has for you; and that you will work at building God’s kingdom. 

Exodus 5:21 Being Unpopular

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and they said, “May the LORD look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” Exodus 5:21

Being liked is something most people want. They want to be liked by the people they are around. Some even desire to be very popular. They would like to be like some celebrities, whom every one knows who they are no matter where they go.

In order to be popular with the people, many will do whatever it takes. Often personal standards are compromised or completely tossed out. People will do what everyone likes, just to make them happy and be popular. When a person speaks, they will say what the others want to hear, in order to be loved and popular.

This type of action has also occurred in the church. There are different preachers who will only speak good words and refuse to talk about sinful acts and God’s coming judgement. They want to be popular.

However, doing God’s will is not always the most popular thing to do. Moses was told by God to go before Pharaoh to demand he let the Israelites go. Instead of releasing the people, he made their life harder. This made Moses unpopular with the people.

Even though he was unpopular, Moses continued to do what was God’s desire for him to do. He did not bend under the pressure to be liked or popular with the people.

Doing what God wants is not always the easiest or most popular thing to do. It goes against the ways and desires of this world. Even inside the church, many people don’t see it as God’s will and fight against a person. They will talk bad about the person or even walk away.

As a believer, God may call you to do some work for Him that may not be popular with the people. It may turn both believers and non-believers against you, because they are refusing to see God’s will.

Yet, just as Moses did, you must continue to do what God has called you to do. Popularity will not get you into heaven. It is faith, trust and obedience that will get you to heaven. Obedience is what will allow God to say you have done well, good and faithful servant.

How well are you doing God’s will today?

I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will do God’s will for your life; that God will give you strength to do His will; that God will protect you from the people; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Hebrews 10:6-7 What Pleases God

 

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with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am–it is written about me in the scroll–I have come to do your will, my God.’ Hebrews 10:6-7

Determining what pleases a god is what a lot of people are trying to do all over the world. People in every religious belief are striving to please their god in whatever way possible.

The majority of people and religions focus on sacrifices to please their god. Several religions will offer animal or food sacrifices, while many will focus on physical sacrifice of self. People will beat themselves or deny themselves of pleasures of food or things in order to attempt to please their god.

While in false religions, where people are worshipping false gods, this is often expected, it also occurs within Christianity. There are many people who are offering sacrifices to attempt to please God. They give up certain things, they get rid of certain things in their attempt. At times this is needed because God has called them to do that sacrifice, but often it is just trying to please God without doing what pleases God.

In the verse today, it is quoting from Psalm 40:6-8 and what Jesus, Himself had also quoted about Himself. God did not really want all of the sacrifices that were prescribed in the Old Testament Law. What He wanted was an obedient heart, a person who would do His will–the very thing Jesus did.

Believers today need to focus on doing God’s will in every area of their lives. There will be times that they must offer a sacrifice, but in order for that sacrifice to mean anything, they must be doing God’s will and desire.

God’s will is for every person to love Him with all of their life and love others also. This means one will do whatever God wants, when He wants and how He wants it done. This means people will strive to be a living example of Jesus to the world.

You are a disciple of Jesus, so you are to live your life just as Jesus did.

Sacrificing your time and money does some good, but to please God focus on doing His will. Find out what God wants you to do and do it with a cheerful heart to the best of your ability. In this way you will please God.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will do what God wants you to do; that your life and heart will please God; that your life will be just like that of Jesus; and that God will be pleased with your thoughts and actions.